TIGER WOODS will go into the final major of 2013 a raging favourite after an historic eighth win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Tiger had his tail well and truly up since threatening a 59 in the second round of the World Golf Championships event at the Firestone Country Club in Ohio and cruised to a seven stroke victory on Sunday.
Whether he can maintain the rage this week when the PGA Championship takes place at Oak Hill County Club in New York is another matter, but he has managed the Bridgestone – PGA Championship double three times.
Woods trotted home with an even par 70 at Firestone to win his 79th US PGA Tour victory. He is now just three wins behind all-time record holder Sam Snead.
The eighth career win at a single event matches his own PGA Tour record of eight victories at Bay Hill and Snead’s eight wins at Greensboro.
The victory was also his 18th WGC title (the next best is Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy with three) and his fifth PGA Tour wins this year,
The question is, can Woods end his own major title drought and snare the long awaited win number 15. His last was the 2008 US Open.
“Today I was just conservative, just tried to make pars,” said Woods, who gave himself a seven stroke lead after his second round 61, and maintained the cushion going into the final day.
His his eyes were already on the PGA Championship in Rochester, where an out of form Rory McIlroy is the defending champion.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Woods. “I’ve got three more days to get ready and I feel like my game is pretty consistent. That’s one of the things I’ve noticed this year is that I’ve hit it pretty good most of the year, and the weeks I’ve putted well I’ve been able to win. So it’s been pretty good so far.”
Woods has won the Bridgestone and PGA Championship title in the same year three times – in 2000, 2006 and 2007.
As everyone is aware, the figure most in his mind is the 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus.2013 WGC Bridgestone Ivitational Final Results