Woods wins Buick Invitational title

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Tiger Woods made simple pars to win a three-way playoff against Nathan Green and Jose Maria Olazabal for the Buick Invitational title.

Woods wins Buick Invitational title

San Diego:

Tiger Woods made simple pars to win a three-way playoff against Nathan Green and Jose Maria Olazabal for the Buick Invitational title on Sunday.Olazabal, playing a splendid bunker shot on the par-3 16th, missed a 4-foot par putt on the second extra hole at Torrey Pines Club to hand Woods a victory that was only easy at the end.''It's not how you want to win,'' Woods said. ''I had a chance to make birdie on 18 in the playoff and end it right there. You don't ever take joy out of seeing friends do that.''For Woods, it was the fourth time in 10 years that he won in his first US PGA Tour event of the year, and he became the first four-time winner at the Buick Invitational on a course he played regularly as a kid.The finish was reminiscent of the American Express Championship last October at Harding Park, where John Daly lost on the second extra hole by missing a 3-foot putt to give Woods the victory.Just like then, Woods bowed his head and slowly walked over to shake hands.It was a somber way to end a dynamic afternoon along the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean, where 12 players had a share of the lead at one point and there was an eight-way tie with six holes to play.Woods, who three-putted three times during his final round of even-par 72, finally made the one that mattered with an 8-foot birdie on the 18th hole to get into the playoff and earn his 47th career tour victory. (AP)



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