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Tiger Woods Ends Slump

  • Steve Schy

The victory drought is over for former world number-one golfer Tiger Woods of the United States. Woods came from behind to win the fog-delayed Buick Invitational tournament near San Diego, California.

Woods fired a four-under-par 68 Sunday claim a three-shot victory and finish with a 16-under-par 272 total at the Torrey Pines course. The win was Woods' third at the Buick Invitational, but his first stroke-play triumph since October 2003.

In an event delayed several times due to fog, Woods started the final round two shots behind co-leaders Tom Lehman and Luke Donald of England. Some players, including Woods, had to play more than 30 holes Sunday to complete the tournament. The American got off to a rough start Sunday with three straight bogeys.

But as the sun came out late in the day, Woods also heated up, while the other contenders made mistakes over the final holes. Woods overtook Lehman on the 17th hole, and ended up beating him, fellow-American Charles Howell and Donald by three shots. Woods was glad to finally win.

"Boy, that was a great win, especially playing against Tom [Lehman] as well as he played and Luke [Donald] ahead of us was leading most of the way. So I mean, it was just a tough battle," he said. "I hung in there as well as I could. I am sure they hit the ball better than I did but I made a few more putts."

Germany's Bernhard Langer finished fifth at 11-under-par and South African Ernie Els was among five golfers six shots off the pace.

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