Woods blows away field for 8-shot victory at Firestone
Published: August 05, 2007
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods looked as unbeatable as ever Sunday at Firestone.
Woods erased a one-shot deficit in two holes, then buried Rory Sabbatini and the rest of the field to win the Bridgestone Invitational for the third straight year and send him to the PGA Championship with his game in good shape.
Woods made a 12-foot par putt on the final hole that kept him bogey-free on a rainy afternoon at Firestone. He closed with a 5-under 65 for an eight-shot victory over Sabbatini and Justin Rose, tying a PGA Tour record for most victories at one golf course.
It was the second time Woods has strung together three straight victories at this World Golf Championship, and he continued his dominance in these WGC events by winning for the 14th time in 25 tries.
Sabbatini shot 74 and was left in his wake again.
The fiery South African also lost a one-shot lead to Woods in the Wachovia Championship, then caused a brief stir by claiming later than Woods looked "beatable as ever."
Not on this course. Woods picked up five shots in a five-hole stretch along the front nine, and it was no contest after that. He joined Jack Nicklaus (Augusta National) and Alex Ross (Pinehurst No. 2) as the only players to win six times on the same course.
Next up is Southern Hills and the PGA Championship for the final major, something Woods has failed to win this year.
Women's British Open=
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Splashed with champagne, Lorena Ochoa was certain her first major victory would come at the home of golf.
She completed a runaway four-stroke victory in the Women's British Open following a 1-over-par 74. After hugging her caddie and getting doused with bubbly by her father, the top-ranked Mexican reflected on what she had done.
"It's a long way, 24 majors, and finally I have this (trophy) here, and I think it's for a reason and I couldn't be more happy," she said. "I believed I would win this tournament Monday, when I started practicing.
"I wanted to win this tournament so bad. Everything I did, my thoughts (before the tournament) were very positive and very clear to me. I saw myself on the 18th green, lifting the trophy. It was clear, it was great and even better now that we did it."
Ochoa, who tied for second at the U.S. Women's Open a month ago, had been banging on the door of a major victory for a while. This was her fourth victory of the year to go with the six she collected last year. During those 24 months, she was runner-up 10 times.
"This is the most special round of golf I ever played," said Ochoa, who led the tournament from the ninth hole of her opening-round 67. "Hopefully this is the first of many (majors) to come. It was my time."
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