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Tiger Woods Sets Golf Record in Western Open - 2003-07-07

World-number-one men's golfer Tiger Woods has coasted to victory in the Western Open, becoming the first man ever to win four events in a season for five straight years.

Woods built a 10-stroke lead in Sunday's final round of the tournament before earning his 38th career title. He finished five shots in front of fellow American Rich Beem.

Woods fired a 3-under-par 69 at the Lemont, Illinois, course on Sunday to match the Western Open record total of 21-under (267) for four rounds.

The U.S. Women's Golf Open will be decided Monday in a three-way, 18-hole playoff.

Americans Kelly Robbins, Hilary Lunke and Angela Stanford finished tied for the lead Sunday at one under par (283) after four rounds of the major tournament near Portland, Oregon.

World number one women's golfer Annika Sorenstam appeared ready to join them, but her approach to the green on the final hole landed in a bunker. Then she missed a five meter putt, giving her a bogey and leaving her one stroke shy of the playoff.

Stanford made an even longer putt on the final hole, while Robbins birdied two of the last three holes to make the playoff. Overnight leader Lunke struggled with a 4-over-par 75, but still has one more chance to win the tournament, one of the major events on the women's circuit.