Woods wins Buick Invitational

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:49 IST

Eerie fog finally lifted and gave way to a bizarre victory by Tiger Woods.

Woods wins Buick Invitational

San Diego:

Eerie fog finally lifted and gave way to a bizarre victory by Tiger Woods. Ending the longest stroke-play drought of his PGA Tour career, Tiger Woods barely made it through a 31-hole yesterday at Torrey Pines.Woods took advantage of everyone else's mistakes and one bad break for Charles Howell III to win the Buick Invitational. Biggest blunderBut he almost made the biggest blunder of all. Trying to reach the par-5 18th green in two with a one-shot lead, he hit a 2-iron so badly that it landed on a strip of fairway to the right of the big pond. He finally ended the suspense by making an 18-foot birdie putt to close with a 4-under 68 for a three-shot victory over Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman, Luke Donald and Howell. It was his first stroke-play victory since the American Express Championship in October 2003. Woods only won the Match Play Championship last year. "This golf course is so difficult, anything could happen," Woods said. Almost everything did. Plugged lieLehman went toe-to-toe with Woods over the final six holes and hit better shots on most of them. But he caught a plugged lie in the bunker on No. 17 to make bogey and fall one shot behind. Needing a birdie at the 18th to have any chance, Lehman hit a fat wedge that barely got over the water, and he wound up making bogey. (AP)



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