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Tiger Woods Wins Target World Challenge
In the field of the TWC at the Sherwood Country Club were the current winners of three of the four major golf championships; Zach Johnson (Masters), Padraig Harrington (British Open), and and Tiger Woods (PGA). Angel Cabrera of Argentina, the U.S. Open champion was not in the field. But that is where the comparisons end, as Tiger has amassed 13 major championships compared to one each for these competitors.
So when you look at the stats, it comes as no surprise that world-ranked number one Tiger Woods won again over a championship field.
Tiger is not just continuing to win. He's winning by wider margins and leaving the other players to wonder what's next. He broke the course record with a 62 last Friday and his 22-under-par tied the tournament record for the lowest total. On top of that, his win set a record for the largest margin of victory (seven shots over Zach Johnson).
Tiger, in fitting fashion, also won the last tournament of the year—the one that he hosts.
Tiger Woods earned $1.35 million, which will be donated to his Tiger Woods Foundation, as he did last year. Johnson earned $840,000 for second and Jim Furyk, his playing partner on the last day, finished third at 13-under, earning $570,000.
With this win Tiger Woods won his eighth trophy of the year. In his last six starts, he has won five.
With a 10-week layoff just prior to the tournament, Tiger Woods was asked at a press conference following his record setting round of 62, if he could ever remember playing this well after such a long layoff. Tiger Woods replied, "No, because I've never taken a layoff this long before. It's usually probably four or five weeks, certainly not ten weeks."
On Dec. 11 Tiger Woods was named PGA Player of the Year for his seven victories (prior to the TWC) and the PGA championship. This was the third straight season and ninth time in his eleven years as a pro that he won player of the year.
In addition to the Jack Nicklaus Trophy for player of the year, Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Award for leading the money list ($10.8 million) and the Byron Nelson Award for lowest-scoring average (67.79). This was the seventh time that Tiger Woods won these three defining awards.
Tiger Woods is now only second to Jack Nicklaus in total majors won--13 versus 18 respectively. Given Tiger's recent record of domination, it is possible that he will tie or surpass Nicklaus' magical record by the end of the 2009 or 2010 season.
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