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Tiger Woods Wins Bay Hill Invitational - 2002-03-18

American golfer Tiger Woods has become the first player to win the Bay Hill Invitational tournament in Orlando, Florida three consecutive times.

Woods, ranked number one in the world, picked up his first victory of the season by four shots Sunday after fellow American Phil Mickelson made crucial mistakes on the closing holes.

Michael Campbell of New Zealand holed a 12.6 meter chip shot on the 18th hole for birdie to close with a 71 and finish second at 279, his best finish ever on the PGA Tour.

Len Mattiace, who played in the final group with Woods, had a 73 and tied for third with Rocco Mediate (70), John Huston (72) and Mickelson.

Trailing Mickelson by one stroke at the turn, Woods played mistake-free when the pressure was at its peak and closed with a three-under-par 69. Woods finished with a four-day total of 275 and won for the 30th time in his career. At age 26, he is the youngest player in PGA Tour history to reach that benchmark.

Woods also became the first player to win three PGA Tour events in three consecutive years. He had already accomplished the so-called "hat trick" at Firestone and the Memorial Tournament.