Tiger Woods has carded a final round of -1 (71) to win for the second time this season at the 2013 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral in Miami, FL.
It was a nervous close to the tournament for Woods who bogeyed 2 of the last 3 holes, but he had enough of a lead to hold on.
Coming into the back nine on Sunday, Woods quickly gave himself a 5-shot buffer on the field making birdie after flying his second shot long on the Par 5, 10th hole.
Despite finding the sand on 11 and 12 Woods scrambled to make his par on both occasions, and was bogey free for his round until his round began to unravel on the 16th.
Tiger found the fairway bunker with his tee-shot and his approach shot came up well short and after the former world #1 was unable to get up and down his lead was cut to 3-shots.
He made par on the Par 3, 17th but after spraying his tee-shot right into the palm trees on 18 Woods was forced to pitch out sideways and his third shot into the green was 115 yards was lucky not to end up in the water. He made up and down from beside the green for bogey and to secure the victory.
“I played well this week, thankyou to Steve [Stricker] for the putting lesson,” Woods said. “It was one of those weeks where I felt pretty good about how I was playing.”
“I was able to flush the ball again, I made my share of putts this week and it felt good. I feel like my game is becoming more efficient, I’m very pleased with the progressed I’ve made with Sean [coach Sean Foley]. It’s nice to be healthy.”
Woods’ good friend, Steve Stricker who gave Tiger the putting tip before the tournament finished second after shooting a final round of -4 to finish two-shots back.
Stricker only had one bogey on his card which was at the Par 4, 3rd hole but despite being in outright second place for much of the afternoon he wasn’t able to catch Woods who had a commanding lead for much of the day.
The round of the day as well and the tournament went to Australian, Adam Scott who’s broomstick putter was on fire as he scored a bogey-free final round of -8 (64) with just 23 putts.
World #1 Rory McIlroy announced that he’s on his way back into form, shooting -11 for his last 26 holes to finish the week in a tie for 8th after carding a final round of -7.
“There’s been a significant improvement,” McIlroy said. “A day like today felt a long way away, if I’m honest. Just goes to show if you get something and it works ok for you, it’s not as far away as you think.”
Segio Garcia put himself into the picture late in the day with 3 birdies in 4 holes from holes 12-16 but a disappointing double bogey on 18 after finding the water saw him finish in a tie for third with a group of four players including Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell and Adam Scott.
The biggest stories coming from the week are the resurgence of Nike sponsored golfers, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy who have found form at the most important time of the year with The Masters approaching.