Woods Wins at Wachovia

Tiger Woods shot a final-round 3-under 69 to claim his 57th career PGA Tour title — and third this season — defeating a star-studded field at the Wachovia Championship by two strokes. A final round with wild swings in momentum finally settled into a familiar outcome. Backed by a two-shot lead going to the most daunting hole at Quail Hollow, Woods was able to play it safe on the 18th and made an 8-foot par to close with a 3-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Steve Stricker, his third PGA Tour victory this year and his ninth in his last 12 tour starts. Perhaps it was only fitting Woods slipped into the winner’s royal blue jacket late Sunday afternoon. A tournament that looks so much like a major got a champion whose career is defined by them. Woods is winning at an astounding rate: He is 3-of-6 this year and was asked if his game was as good as it could be. “It’s three short of where I wanted to be,” he said with a laugh. “It’s been good, just one little negative there.” The negative was not winning a green jacket. He had to settle for a blue one Sunday, which wasn’t all bad, and will no doubt carry his momentum into this year’s US Open at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, PA.