September 13, 2009

Woods easily wins his 71st PGA title

Tiger Woods won the 71st title of his PGA career Sunday -- an eight-shot victory in the BMW Championship in Illinois.

Woods, who led by seven going into the final round, shot a 3-under-par 68 for an overall score of 19-under 265.

Jim Furyk (66) and Marc Leishman (69) tied for second at 273. Sean O'Hair (66) was fourth.

The title was Woods's sixth of 2009 and fifth in the BMW event.

Woods, 33, is two wins behind Jack Nicklaus for the No. 2 spot on the PGA Tour career victory list. Nicklaus was 46 when he won his 73rd and final title on the tour, trailing only Sam Snead, who had 82 wins.

I am pleased, Woods said after the BMW win. I hit the ball well this week, made a few putts. Overall, this entire week I was very consistent and I ended up on top.

Woods won $1,350,000.

The win put Woods back atop the tour's Fed Ex Cup playoff standings.

Leishman and Woods were the only players to post four rounds in the 60s. Leishman shot a two-under 69 Sunday and vaulted up 51 places in the FedEx Cup from the start of the week.

Sean O'Hair fired a five-under 66 and took fourth at minus-10, which was two shots better than Johnson, who had a three-under 68 Sunday.

Sergio Garcia (71) and Padraig Harrington (73) shared sixth at six-under 278, but Garcia's run in the Playoffs is over.

Last year's winner, Camilo Villegas (66), and Kevin Na (70) tied for eighth at minus-five. Villegas is done, but Na is headed to East Lake.

Phil Mickelson shot a five-over 76 on Sunday and tied for 30th at plus-two.