Tiger Woods captured his third Buick Invi- tational title with a 15-under-par score of 272 and a three shot win over Tom Leh- man, Luke Donald and Charles Howell III. Woods, earned $864,000 for the victory and increased his tournament record total to $2,939,000 in eight starts. Woods (1999, 2003, 2005) and Phil Mickelson (1993, 2000, 2001) are now the only players in tournament history to win three st titles. This win was Tiger 41 career PGA TOUR victory. His win passes Cary Middlecoff and moves into eighth place for all time PGA TOUR victo- ries. “It feels great, especially today, as long as it was. The start I kind of got off to this morning, it wasn’t very good, but I hung in there,” said Tiger who shot a final round four-under-par 68. “I wasn’t feeling all that com- fortable with my swing today, but I kind of just grinded around. I worked on my short game, it was beautiful today, and I made a lot of par putts, which I needed to do, especially on the 15th hole. That was a big putt.” Asked the play of Tom Lehman, Tiger explained: “I think that Tom proba- bly outplayed me today. He hit it wonderful all day. We played 31 holes, or he played 32 holes. But he hit it beautifully all day. It just came down basically to surviving and making a couple of putts, and I happened to make a couple of bombs on him and hung around.” Woods was second in putting during the week with 26.5 per round and he was fourth in driving distance at 307.6 yards. The final day of play in- cluded 31 holes of golf for Woods, due to the fog shortening for third round for the leaders. “The South Course here is sure a tough golf course. Thirty-two holes a day around that place is a beast,” said Lehman, who earned $358, 400 in a tie for second place with Luke Donald and Charles Howell III. “It was a great opportunity for me today with a firm resolve I was going to stay aggressive no matter what.” Fog stopped play at 1:21 during the final round of the Buick Invitational. When play was halted, Luke Donald was the leader at 15-under par through seven holes. Both Tom Lehman and Tiger Woods were one shot back at 14-under par. Defending champion John Daly finished at 6 over par. Local player Pat Perez had his most successful Buick Invitational with a 10-under-par 278 for $150,240.
Pages to are hidden for
"Tiger Woods captured his third Buick Invitational title with"Please download to view full document