tiger purrs about year

LEMONT, Illinois - Tiger Woods celebrated his sixth title of the season at the BMW Championship on Sunday and described the year as one of his most successful despite failing to win a major.

LEMONT, Illinois - Tiger Woods celebrated his sixth title of the season at the BMW Championship on Sunday and described the year as one of his most successful despite failing to win a major.

"Absolutely, it's one of my best years," said Woods, after romping to an eight-stroke victory at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. "There's no doubt about that. I haven't won as many times as I did in 2000, didn't win any majors this year.

"But I've never had a year where I've been this consistent, either, this many high finishes and the number of events I've played.

"To have an opportunity just about every time I tee it up to win the championship on the back nine, that's something that I can't tell you how proud I am (of)," said the 33-year-old American.

"There were so many uncertainties at the beginning of the season. I didn't know how the leg was going to respond. I can't remember the last time I had a leg that was stable, that didn't hurt when I played. There were so many different things that I didn't know and I hadn't played competitively since the (US) Open (in 2008).

"To come back and be. this consistent feels pretty good."

In six events since failing to make the cut at the British Open in August, he has won three tournaments and finished second twice.

Golf world rankings released yesterday (US unless stated, last week's positions in brackets):

1. (1) Tiger Woods 16,04 average points; 2. (2) Steve Stricker 7,94; 3. (3) Phil Mickelson 7,54; 4. (4) Paul Casey (Britain) 6,48; 5. (6) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 5,93; 6. (5) Kenny Perry 5,90; 7. (7) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 5,84; 8. (9) Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 5,72; 9. (12) Jim Furyk 5,63; 10. (8) Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 5,52. SA's Retief Goosen is 19th and was 18th last week. - Reuters

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