Eagles Land Tiger Third-Straight Grand Slam Title

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Tiger Woods recorded back-to-back eagles to defeat Vijay Singh in a playoff at the 18th annual PGA Grand Slam of Golf at the Poipu Bay Golf Course in Kauai, Hawaii.
 
Woods sank an eight-foot eagle at the par-5 18th to force a playoff, and then poured in another eagle from 12 feet on the first extra hole, also the 18th, to capture his third-straight Grand Slam of Golf title.
 
'I've never finished like that before,' said Woods, who fired rounds of 71-68 for a 5-under-par performance in the windswept conditions. 'I knew I had to shoot a good round in order to win and I did. I told you I'd play better if I slept.'
 
Due to plane problems in Thailand, Woods arrived in Hawaii less than four hours before his first-round tee time. Tiger 'stayed in contention' on Tuesday, and then won the event in dramatic style on Wednesday.
 
Trailing by one with one to play, Woods stuck a 6-iron from 231 yards to within eight feet of the cup at the 18th. Singh, who was forced to lay-up short of the green on his second shot thanks to an errant drive, dropped in an 18-foot birdie putt to force Woods to make his eagle effort to coerce sudden death. Eight feet and one fist pump later the two rivals were headed to extra holes.
 
Singh began the day with a two-stroke lead over Woods after posting a 3-under-par 69. Tiger quickly tied the Fijian by birdying two of his first four holes on Wednesday, and then took a two-shot advantage when he birdied the par-5 6th, while Singh posted a bogey 6.
 
Singh regained a share of the lead after another two-shot swing occurred at the par-4 10th, this time Vijay made birdie while Tiger made bogey.
 
A pair of bogeys at the 11th and 12th holes dropped Singh two strokes off the pace, but the reigning Masters champion regrouped with birdies over his next three holes.
 
Following his bogey at the 11th, Tiger carded seven-straight pars to enter the home hole one down.
 
The rest is history.
 
Woods collected $400,000 for his victory. Singh earned $250,000 for his runner-up effort. Tom Lehman shot rounds of 73-70 to finish third and pick up a check of $200,000. Paul Azinger (74-74) finished fourth and earned $150,000.
 
Lehman had an opportunity to win early on the back nine Wednesday. The 1996 Grand Slam champion was just one shot back of Woods through 12 holes, but bladed his approach shot into the water at the par-4 13th. The resultant double-bogey dropped Lehman three off the lead and, in effect, out of contention.