Phenomenal Woods bags final PGA tourney

THOUSAND OAKS - Tiger Woods dominated the field, firing a four-under 68 on Sunday for a commanding victory in the final PGA tournament of the year.

Woods defeated fellow American Zach Johnson by seven shots at the $5,75 million (about R40 million) Target World Challenge at the Sherwood Country Club course.

"It's the end of the year," Woods said. "Stevie (caddie) and I, we were talking about it coming up the last hole, that it's been just a great year.

"It's been a long year but also one that we've thoroughly enjoyed. I just can't wait until obviously next season starts." With his family looking on, including baby daughter Sam Alexis, Woods tied Davis Love's tournament record with a total of 22-under 266.

"Today was scrappy. I felt really good with the putter other than the putt I hit at the seventh," Woods said. "I felt like I could make anything. Just tried to get the ball on the green where I'd have a putt at it."

Woods earned $1,3 million (R7,8 million) which he will donate to his foundation, and won for the fourth time in the nine-year history of the event. Players who thought Woods might come into the tournament a little rusty after a long layoff were in for a surprise.

"I felt really good about my preparation coming into the event," Woods said. "Unfortunately I wasn't able to hit the ball consistently like I wanted to for all four days, but I putted well for all four days and that also makes up for a lot of sins. The most satisfying thing is the way I played the first two days after taking time off."

Playing under sunny skies, Woods began the day with a six-stroke lead and increased the lead to seven after Jim Furyk made a bogey on the par-four second hole.

l South African James Kingston defied the weather odds to win his first major tournament at the South African Airways Open at the Pearl Valley Golf Estates on Sunday. - Sapa-AFP