Tiger Woods knew he had to keep making birdies to stay ahead of the pack, and he delivered the kind of shots that make him so difficult to beat.
Everything changed on the 18th hole Sunday in the Ford Championship.
All he needed was a bogey.
He did that, too.
With a one-shot lead, his ball in the rough and a 9-iron in his hand, Woods watched from 170 yards away as David Toms ran his 60-foot putt to the bottom of the green, then missed the next one to fall two shots behind.
“I just said, ‘Anything in the back bleachers, right bleachers, just anything over there to the right and over the water was all I had to do,” Woods said. “I was just trying to play for 5. I wasn’t even trying to make par.”
Despite a bogey-bogey finish on the Blue Monster, Woods closed with a 3-under 69 for a one-shot victory over Toms and Colombian rookie Camilo Villegas. It was the 13th time he has successfully defended a title on the PGA Tour, and he became the first player in 25 years to win back-to-back at Doral.
He’s going to be a pretty good player, methinks.
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