WITH his putter finally on song, Tiger Woods has notched his 17th World Golf Championships event win at the 2013 Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster.
It was Wood’s 76th US PGA TOUR win – leaving him just six short of record holder Sam Snead – and his seventh Cadillac Championship.
The 37 year old built himself a healthy buffer in the opening three rounds at what they now call Trump Doral in Miama.
Woods bogeyed the last but that was still good enough for a final round 1-under 71, a tournament total of 19-under, and a two stroke victory over fellow American and recent unofficial putting coach Steve Stricker (68).
The world No.2 recorded just 100 putts for the week, the best result of his career. Good friend Stricker spent some time giving his opponent an extended putting lesson the day before the event.
“I played well this week,” Woods said after what was his second win of the year. “It was a week where I felt pretty good about everything I was doing and the way I was playing.”
Five weeks out from the US Masters it is ominous form for Woods, who could recapture the world No.1 spot at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando in two weeks.
Incumbent Rory McIlroy had a much better week, finishing with a 7-under 65 to be 10-under tied for eighth. The 23 year old won’t be on the tour again for three weeks, playing in the Shell Houston Open two weeks out from Augusta.
Adam Scott will also be looking at things from a very positive place after closing with a tournament best round of 8-under 64.
Scott finished with a blemish free eight-birdie round to be tied at 14-under in third place along with Spain’s Sergio Garcia (69), Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (72) and America’s Phil Mickelson.
“It was pretty solid today – really happy with that,” Scott said. “I felt like my game really progressed every day this week and showed in the scores, literally.”
John Senden was the next best placed Aussie, though he won’t be happy with the final round 74 that left him 6-under in a tie for 20th.
Jason Day (71) was battling an illness and finished at 2-under tied for 33rd while Geoff Ogilvy also had a 74 and finished at 2-over tied for 47th in the 65 man field.
Marcus Fraser (73, T60) didn’t improve his chances of gaining a Masters entry and now needs a top two finish in the Malaysian Open to qualify.2013 WGC Cadillac Championship