Woods rallies to win own tourney

Monday, December 17, 2001

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods certainly hasn't lost his comeback magic.

Fortunate to be only four strokes down at the turn, Woods poured it on with five straight birdies Sunday to blow by Vijay Singh and win the Williams World Challenge, the final tournament of the season and one that Woods annually puts on.

Woods tied the course record with an 8-under-par 64 to win by three strokes over Singh, then donated his $1 million check to the Tiger Woods Foundation.

He's not lacking for money, but the kind of round he put together at sunny Sherwood Country Club had not been seen in a while.

"I felt like I needed to put pressure on Vijay, and I was able to do that," said Woods, who finished at 273. "I'm pretty excited to win my tournament."

Singh, who started the final round with a four-stroke lead, made a few sloppy bogeys to contribute to the comeback, but there wasn't much he could do.

Woods needed just 23 putts -- he had 34 on Saturday -- and his final one was a birdie on the 18th for a 64, tying the record last set Saturday by Thomas Bjorn.

Singh, who failed to win on the PGA Tour this year for the first time since 1996, closed with a 71 and earned $500,000. He won't play again until the Phoenix Open.

Scott Hoch complained about being left out of the field when the qualifications changed because of the terrorist attacks. The field was expanded to 18 to get him in, and he made the most of it with a 67 on Sunday to finish third at 279.

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