Tiger Tops Ogilvy at Target World Challenge


2006 Target World Challenge pres. by CountrywideTHOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods fired a 6-under 66 on Sunday to earn his third title at the Target World Challenge, an event he sponsors. Woods finished at 16-under-par 272 and won by four shots at Sherwood Country Club.
Woods is on one of those amazing runs to close out his 2006. After the death of his father Earl in the spring, Woods missed the cut at the U.S. Open. He came back to win the British Open and has not lost a stroke-play event since.
'It's been a year of two halves really,' acknowledged Woods, who also won this tournament in 2001 and 2004. 'On the golf course, it's been something else to have the things come together and winning two majors.'
He captured another British Open title and another PGA Championship, in addition to a pair of World Golf Championships events and two regular PGA TOUR titles.
Overnight leader and reigning U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy only managed a 1-under 71 on Sunday. He finished alone in second place at 12-under-par 276, which was one shot better than Chris DiMarco, who also shot a final-round 71.
Woods began the final round one shot behind Ogilvy, but made up the deficit quickly. He sank a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-5 second, then chipped in for birdie from the fringe at No. 3. Thanks to an Ogilvy bogey at the second, Woods found himself in the lead.
The No. 1 player in the world dropped a shot at four, but he two-putted for birdie from 15 feet at the par-5 fifth. Woods stood two shots clear of the field, but as is the case with Woods, it was not enough.
At the par-4 seventh, Woods rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt. Ogilvy and DiMarco kept pace until the turn as Woods drained a 10-footer for birdie, then converted a 6-footer for birdie at 10. Woods was 15-under par and four shots ahead.
Woods did not play spectacularly on the back side. He gave himself a good look at birdie from nine feet at the 14th, but missed. However, neither member of the final group posted any birdies, so Woods walked to the 15th tee with a four-shot cushion.
Woods missed a 5-foot par save at the 15th, but still held a formidable three-shot advantage. He atoned for the error at the par-5 16th, when, from a difficult stance, Woods chipped his third to 7 feet. He ran home the birdie effort and parred the 17th.
At the closing hole, Woods hit a spectacular approach that stopped 6 feet from the hole. He collected the first, and only, birdie of the round at Sherwood's 18th and cruised into the winner's circle.
'Once you get the lead out here, the guys behind me, if they get aggressive, they can make mistakes,' said Woods, who donated his entire $1,350,000 first-place check to his charity. 'The whole idea is to force them come get me. I tried to do that the best I could.'
This was a vintage Woods final round in which the players behind him knew the inevitable was coming.
'I didn't start well enough,' admitted Ogilvy. 'That just puts a bad taste in your mouth. I would have had to shoot a pretty special score to beat him today.'
Henrik Stenson shot a 3-under 69 to finish alone in fourth place at minus-9. Paul Casey (71) and Colin Montgomerie (66) shared fifth place at 8-under-par 280.
Former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell managed a 1-under 71 and took seventh at 6-under-par 282. Padraig Harrington, who won this title in 2002, posted a 71 and came in eighth place at minus-5.
David Toms struggled to a 3-over 75, but finished ninth at minus-3. Fred Couples (71) and two-time former winner, Davis Love III (69) shared 10th at 2-under-par 286.
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