Tiger Woods shot a final-round 68 and was never threatened as he pulled away to win the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah. It was major victory No. 12 for Woods and the 51st PGA victory of his illustrious career.
The win put Woods past Walter Hagen for career majors, trailing only Jack Nicklaus. Here's what Woods had to say after the event:
Question: Ladies and gentlemen, joining us is the 88th PGA champion, Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods: Thanks. It was a special day out there. I just had one of those magical days on the greens today. I just felt like if I got the ball anywhere on the green, I could make it. It's not too often you get days like that, and I happened to have it on the final round of a major championship. So it was a really neat feeling to have.
I was just trying to get the ball in the fairway, trying to get the ball anywhere on the green, and I knew that I felt like I could make anything. It's a special day on the greens today, and I just happened to make some nice bombs early in the front nine to stay ahead.
Luke was right there, Shaun was making a run, Weirsie was ahead of me making a run. I knew I had to continue making birdies, and I was able to do it and made a bunch of pars on the back nine until 17.
Q. At any point were you thinking toward the end about getting to 20 under or as low as anyone has ever gone in a major or in any way running up the score?
Tiger Woods: No, I had I think a four or five shot lead depending on what hole I was on, and I was trying to make pars. I knew if I made pars all the way in, Shaun was running out of holes, and if I parred in I would win. That was just my mindset, to keep hitting fairways and greens and lag putt out there and get my speed right. If it happened to fall in, great, if it didn't, just tap it in, then move on to the next hole and do the same thing.
Q. Can you just talk a little bit about your emotion off the first hole and the birdie putt? Did that just kind of seem to relax you the rest of the way and set the tone for the rest of the tournament?
Tiger Woods: Fun to hit the fairway there. I hit three of probably the worst drives I hit on that hole. Today I decided to go with 5 wood. It was blowing a little down off the left at the time. 5 wood would get me where I would have somewhere around 180 to the hole. That's fine, just trying to get out of there with a par and move on. I happened to hit a 7 iron up there to about 12 feet. It was a pretty simple putt, just had to let it feed down there and it would fall to the right just a touch. That's exactly what happened.
I felt like once I took the lead there, if I just played the holes correctly, played the par 5s well, then there's no reason why I couldn't maintain the lead.
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