Tiger Wins Fifth Straight in Boston

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2005 Deutsche Bank ChampionshipNORTON, Mass. -- Who says Tiger Woods can't win coming from behind.
 
Woods overcame a three-shot deficit to Vijay Singh on Monday to win his fifth straight start, shooting an 8-under 63 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to beat his playing partner by two strokes.
 
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods has now won $8.64 million for the season.
He ended at 16-under-par 268 for his third win in three weeks. Singh, who set the course record with a 61 on Sunday, closed with a 3-under 68 to finish at 14-under 270.
 
Woods snatched the lead from Singh in spectacular fashion by making two eagles and two birdies while shooting 30 on the front nine.
 
That gave him a lead of three around the turn -- a six-shot swing in just nine holes. Singh trimmed it to two shots, but Woods made a 25-footer for birdie at the 17th to seal it.
 
'It's fun when you hit it like that,' Woods joked after walking off the 18th green.
 
A known closer when he has the 54-hole lead, Woods has now come from behind to win in consecutive weeks. He shook off a bad Saturday last week at the Bridgestone Invitational and came from one down to beat Stewart Cink in a Sunday playoff.
 
Prior to that, of course, Woods captured the Buick Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship after missing the U.S. Open cut in June -- one month following the death of his father, Earl.
 
Woods now has 53 career wins, surpassing Byron Nelson for fifth all time. He has seven wins this season.
 
Monday's 63 matched the lowest final round of Woods' career, and his five consecutive victories is a career-high for one season. Nelson owns the record of 11 straight wins, set in 1945.
 
The final pairing Monday was a replay of two years ago at the Deutsche Bank, when Singh outdueled Woods for the win and snatched the No. 1 ranking Woods had held for 264 consecutive weeks.
 
Singh was on a roll then -- winning nine times in 2004 for Player of the Year honors -- but he has just one title in the last 14 months. Woods, meanwhile, has 10 victories since Singh claimed the Buick Open in July, 2005.
 
Three of the four previous times Woods and Singh played together in the final group they matched scores.
 
This time, Woods was five better. And the front nine made all the difference.
 
'I tried to narrow down the lead as fast as possible,' Woods said. 'From there, I just tried to keep making birdies.'
 
While Singh made six straight pars to open his final round, Woods was making up ground. His eagles came at Nos. 2 and 7 -- both par 5s -- and on putts of more than 10 feet both times.
 
'I was 6-under early, and I felt that was the highest I could have shot at the time,' said Woods. 'It's awfully fun when things like that come together.'
 
Singh birdied the seventh, only to trail by two shots all of a sudden. His bogey from the sand at the par-4 ninth put him three shots back.
 
'I didn't play the front nine as good as I wanted to,' he said.
 
At the par-4 12th, Singh rolled in a monster 36-foot birdie putt to get within two shots. But he missed a chance to make up another stroke at 14 when Woods knocked his approach over the green and into deep rough.
 
Singh parred the 14th, and so did Woods. One hole later, Singh nearly holed his approach on the way to another birdie. But Woods also made birdie there, rolling in an 11-footer to remain two ahead.
 
'There were still three holes to go,' Singh said. But Woods would soon make it even harder.
 
At the 17th, Woods' 25-foot birdie putt sealed it -- making a finishing, tap-in birdie for Singh at the 18th an afterthought.
 
'I just didn't hit it close enough and didn't make enough putts.' said Singh, who still wrapped up his second-best finish in a disappointing season. 'But I'm proud of myself. I hung in there and didn't let anything bother me. I just played my own game and came up short.'
 
Woods won $990,000 for his latest victory and has won more than $8.64 million this season. The earnings from these last five victories alone would have him at the top of the PGA TOUR money list.
 
His win Monday came on the heels of a trip to Ireland last week with his U.S. Ryder Cup teammates.
 
'I'm done,' Woods exhaled. 'I just want to go home and get some sleep.'
 
Lost in the shuffle Monday was unheralded Brian Bateman's third-place finish, which matched the best finish of his career. Bateman shot a 5-under 66 to end eight shots back at eight-under 276.
 
Robert Allenby shot a 68 and second round co-leader Justin Rose had a 72 to share fourth place at 7-under 277. The combined scores for third and fourth place didn't match Woods' winning score.
 
'He played unbelievable. He took it away,' Singh said.
 
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