Tiger Woods won for the 60th time in his illustrious PGA Tour career as he fired a sizzling 63 to close the show in style and take home the title at the BMW Championship. For Woods, it is the fifth time he's won the tournament - the other four when it was known as the Western Open.
Trailing Steve Sticker and Aaron Baddeley heading into Sunday's final round at Cog Hill in Lemont, Ill., Woods took charge early and never looked back, breaking the tournament scoring record as he won for the sixth time in 2007 and took the lead in the FedEx Cup playoffs heading into the final tournament, the Tour Championship next week in Atlanta.
Here's what Woods had to say about his latest achievement.
Q. Some opening comments about a great week and a great day for you?
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, you know, I got off to just a great start. I was 1-under through three. I made a nice birdie there at 9.
But after 10 holes, I thought -- well, first of all, starting off the day I thought 20-under par was going to be the number. But that had to be altered. I figured if I got it to 21, I'd be assured of at least getting into a playoff and guys were making birdies everywhere. Stricks and Badds were lining up back there. Easy holes on the back nine, 10, 11, 15, 17, and just felt I had to keep making birdies, and I was able to do that today.
Q. Steve Stricker said he was pretty sure when you made your putt on 12 you looked back at them to make sure they were watching.
TIGER WOODS: No, I didn't do a Sergio (laughter).
Q. What is the difference between you and the rest of the field that allows you to raise your game to a level on the weekend where they can't touch you even if they play their best?
TIGER WOODS: Well, I play pretty good, too. That's kind of what it takes out here. It's soft, and you know you have to continue making birdies. You have to play aggressively.
Normally you don't have to make this many birdies. But with conditions this soft, the guys are just going to tear this place apart. I think the three of us just got wrapped up in it. We were all making birdies, and we kept pushing each other. I just made a few more on that back nine.
Q. How important do you think your workouts are as far as having you fresh at the end of a tournament or even at the end of a long season like this right now?
TIGER WOODS: I don't know. Generally I feel pretty fresh. Once that adrenaline is going, the adrenaline is going. You're fired up and you're playing.
I think that the more tournaments you play consecutively, I think that's when fitness plays a big part of it, or you have rain delays and you've got to play a bunch of holes. But overall you shouldn't really be too tired after playing 18 holes. The only thing that's going to be -- wear you out, I think, is the mental grind of it, trying to block out things and trying to focus and then trying to turn things around in a round of golf. You're not really necessarily physically tired, but generally I'm mentally tired after a tournament, just the grind of being so focused for so long.
Q. Only four other players in Tour history have won more than 60 or more tournaments. I was just wondering if you could put that accomplishment in perspective, and also at your age, I think you're five years younger than anybody else who got the 60 wins.
TIGER WOODS: Well, as I said out there, I never, ever would have dreamed that this could have happened this soon. I've been out here, what, 11 years, my 12th season, I believe. And to have this many wins, you just never -- I never could have foreseen that. I've exceeded my expectations, and it's been a lot of fun to enjoy that whole road, that whole process to get to 60. It's been a lot of work. There have been some changes along the way, you know? But I think that's all been great.
Q. I hate to ask this question, but how do you feel about leading the FedEx Cup?
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, you know, I'm leading it, and next week will be a lot of fun for Stricks and I. We'll be paired together again. The only thing that will be interesting for all of us, players, fans, media, is just to see how it's going to turn out condition-wise, the golf course for us.
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