With a record-breaking victory Sunday in the Accenture Match Play Championship, Woods won his fifth straight tournament and captured his 15th World Golf Championship, holding all three world titles for the first time.
Golf is not a fair fight at the moment.
Stewart Cink found that out at Dove Mountain, where Woods overwhelmed him with 14 birdies in 29 holes for an 8-and-7 victory, the largest margin in the final in the 10-year history of this tournament.
I think maybe we ought to slice him open to see whats inside, Cink said. Maybe nuts and bolts.
Cink was only the latest victim in a winning streak that dates to the first week of September.
Woods has won four straight times on the PGA TOUR, the third time he has built a streak at least that long. He has set the tournament record for margin of victory in his last three wins.
And it was his fifth straight victory worldwide, including his stunning comeback in Dubai three weeks ago.
I think this is the best stretch Ive ever played, Woods said.
The worlds No. 1 player began this season talking about the Grand Slam.
The first stop was a Triple Crown of the WGCs, completing a sweep that included an 8-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone and a two-shot victory in the CA Championship at Doral.
Woods tour winning streak was at seven last year when Nick OHern beat him in the third round of the Match Play. Given the fickle nature of this format, even Woods said it was the toughest tournament to win this side of a major.
Turns out the hard part was just getting to the final match.
Woods rallied from three down with five holes to play in the opening round against J.B. Holmes by winning four straight holes with three birdies and a 35-foot eagle. He twice watched Aaron Baddeley putt from inside 12 feet to win a third-round match, beating the Australian in 20 holes. And he was stretched to 18 holes in the semifinals against defending champion Henrik Stenson.
But the final was no contest.
He built a 4-up lead after the morning round, and Cink never got any closer.
Cink didnt win a hole until No. 12, and the only hole he won in the afternoon came at the par-5 10th when he rolled in a 36-foot eagle putt. Woods had an eagle putt from 35 feet, and the ball spun around the cup.
Even the minuscule amount that I upstaged him there'him being 8 up'I still thought he was going to make it, Cink said. He lipped it out, and I thought, Hey, come on. At least give me a moment to shine here. And he said, Sorry, dude.
Woods has won 63 times on the PGA TOUR, moving past Arnold Palmer into fourth place on the career list, one victory behind Ben Hogan, and each year getting closer to the record 82 tournaments won by Sam Snead.
I cant wait to see Arnie, Woods said, grinning. Just to be mentioned in the same breath as Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan, you know youve had a pretty good career.
Its been a great career in the World Golf Championships alone.
This is the 10th year of this series, which was designed to bring together the best players in the world.
Identifying the best? That was never a serious question.
Woods is a staggering 15-of-26 in official WGC events, three of those in the Match Play Championship. Darren Clarke (Match Play, Bridgestone) is the only other player with multiple WGC victories.
The worlds No. 1 player has built a career on these events alone:
' Woods earned $1.35 million Sunday, giving him over $19.8 million in these elite events. Thats roughly 25 percent of Woods career PGA TOUR earnings, and more than Tom Lehman has earned in more than 430 tour starts.
' He was won 15 times in WGC events, as many victories as Fred Couples has in his entire PGA TOUR career.
It says about the same thing that just about any other stat you can pull up of him says, Cink said. It says hes the best thats ever played.
Stenson won the first four holes and defeated Justin Leonard in the consolation match, 3 and 2. Leonard should earn enough world ranking points to move into the top 40, boosting his chances of getting into the Masters.
Cink earned $800,000 and will look back on a week in which he beat British Open champion Padraig Harrington and U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera before running out of magic against the reigning PGA champion.
Im a little disappointed I didnt throw a little more at Tiger, put some pressure on him, Cink said.
Woods already was 4 up after eight holes in the morning when he mentioned that a rules official had just warned them that they were close to being put on the clock for slow play.
Who are we holding up? Woods whispered with a bemused grin, noting they were the only match on the course.
Truth is, he might as well have been playing alone.