World number one golfer Tiger Woods of the United States matched the lowest final round of his career to win the BMW Championship outside Chicago.
Woods shot an 8 under par 63 Sunday, giving him a two-shot victory over Australian Aaron Baddeley and four ahead of third-placed compatriot Steve Stricker. Tiger's four-round score of 22 under par broke by five shots the record he set four years ago at the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, in Lemont, Illinois.
The victory also gives Woods a commanding lead with one week remaining in the season-ending FedEx Cup playoff series. The final event will be played beginning Thursday in Atlanta. The winner of the playoffs, launched this season, earns $10 million.
Only three other players besides Woods and Stricker remain in contention for the big prize. American Phil Mickelson, who won the Deutsche Bank Championship last week but skipped the BMW, will have to win in Atlanta to capture the big payoff.
South African Rory Sabbatini and South Korean K.J. Choi still have a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup depending on how the three Americans finish.
Woods's victory on Sunday was worth $1.25 million.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.