FLORIDA — Tiger Woods eased to a two-shot victory at the WCG-Cadillac Championship in Florida, US, his 17th WCG title.
While Woods lacked the efficiency that saw him open with rounds of 66, 65 and 67, he was never really challenged with a 71 enough to resign Steve Stricker to second place.
The former world number one started in steady fashion and was three under after the first ten holes of the day. However, bogeys on 16 and 18 saw him stumble slightly.
It could have been different had Stricker managed to push on late in his round, with the American failing to register a birdie past the 13th as he carded a 68.
“I played well this week,” Woods said.
“It was one of those weeks where I felt pretty good about how I was playing.”
An eight-under-par 64 saw Adam Scott vault into a share of third place on 14 under, with the Australian belting eight birdies in a bogey-free round.
Scott was joined on 14 under by Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell, with McDowell unable to mount a charge after finding himself in second spot overnight.
“I did everything I had to do, but I wasn’t putting with the same authority as I was earlier in the week,” McDowell said of his closing 72 which included a double-bogey on the last.
“The way Tiger was playing I was always in chase mode and trying to hole putts too much and trying to make it happen. He was always going to be a tough guy to catch.”
World number one Rory McIlroy finished on ten under, with his week coming to a close with a promising 65, just his second sub-70 score of the year.