Woods adds Wachovia to trophy collection

Monday, May 7, 2007

Tiger Woods added the Wachovia Championship to his growing collection of trophies Sunday with a 60-foot eagle putt to take the lead, a double bogey that kept it interesting, and by avoiding the kind of calamity that doomed his challengers down the stretch at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.

Despite the topsy-turvy finish, the outcome was all too familiar.

Backed by a two-shot lead on the toughest hole on the course, Woods played it safe and made par from 8 feet to close with a 3-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Steve Stricker.

It was Woods' third victory this year, and his ninth on the PGA Tour in his last 12 starts dating to his missed cut in the U.S. Open. He finished at 13-under 275, the lowest score to win the tournament, and earned $1.134 million for the 57th victory of his career. He also went atop the FedEx Cup standings for the first time this season.

Stricker had his best chance to win for the first time since 2001, and was one shot behind with three holes to play. He hit into the trees and the sand on the 16th on his way to double bogey, recovered with a 30-foot birdie on the 17th, then lost all hope when he went for the flag on the 18th and hit into the creek. He shot 69.


Needing only to make a 5-foot putt on No. 18 to win the SemGroup Championship in Broken Arrow, Okla., Mi Hyun Kim pushed it right of the hole. But she received a quick chance for redemption, and took advantage of it.

Kim, forced into a playoff with Hall of Famer Juli Inkster because of the miss, won on the first extra hole -- making a 4-foot par putt on No. 18 -- for her first LPGA Tour victory of the year.

Kim, who started the round one shot behind the leaders, won for the eighth time on the tour. Inkster, who will turn 47 next month, would have been the oldest player to win an LPGA Tour event.

Champions Tour

Scott Hoch fired a final-round 68 to capture his first Champions Tour victory, winning by two shots over D.A. Weibring at the FedEx Kinko's Classic in Lakeway, Texas.

-- The Associated Press

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