Woods Rolls To 8th Victory At Bridgestone
AKRON, Ohio – They say par is a good score in a major.
If that’s true next week at the PGA Championship, then Tiger Woods has already done his share of preparation.
Woods played safe and smart with a big lead, parring 16 holes in an even-par 70 Sunday to coast to a seven-shot victory at the Bridgestone Invitational for his eighth win at the event – matching the PGA Tour record he already shared for victories in a single tournament.
“As blustery as it was, it was going to be really hard for someone to shoot 62 or 63,” Woods said. “If I didn’t give any shots away and played my game and shot even par or better, I’d force these guys to go and shoot something super low on a golf course that wasn’t going to give it up under these conditions.”
As he walked to the scorer’s trailer to finalize his score, he scooped up 4-year-old son Charlie, who hugged him tightly as his father strode past the large gallery wildly cheering his landslide victory.
“This is the first win he’s ever been at,” Woods said. “That’s what makes it special for both of us.”
Daughter Sam was on hand when Woods, won the U.S. Open in 2008, before his personal life imploded. Now Charlie will have some memories of dad in the winner’s circle.
“They always say, ‘Daddy, when are you going to win the tournament?’ It was a few years there, or a couple years, I hadn’t won anything,” Woods said, smiling. “‘Are you leading or not? That’s a stock question. ‘Not leading.’ ‘Well, are you going to start leading?’ ‘Well, I’m trying.'”
After a second-round 61 in which he flirted with 59, Woods ended up at 15-under 265 to easily beat defending champ Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson.
Bradley, a huge fan of Tiger’s when he was a youngster, was asked if he liked to see Woods dominate like he did a decade or so ago.
“When I was younger, I did,” Bradley said. “You know, I hate to sit here and go on and on about how good he is, but he is. It’s difficult because I really want to get up there and contend with him. But he’s just … this week he’s playing really well.”
WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) – Stacy Lewis had another big week at St. Andrews and left with an even bigger prize – a major championship at the home of golf.
Lewis finished a marathon Sunday with exquisite birdies on the last two holes of the Old Course to close with an even-par 72 and win the Women’s British Open by two shots. It was her second major on the LPGA Tour, ending a record streak of 10 straight majors won by Asian players. The last time the 28-year-old Lewis was at St. Andrews was in 2008 for the Curtis Cup, and she went 5-0 to lead the Americans to victory.
On the par-4 17th, the famous Road Hole, Lewis drilled a 5-iron that tumbled onto the green and settled 3 feet below the cup for a birdie to reach 7 under and give her a share of the lead when Choi three-putted the 14th hole from about 80 feet. Lewis then made a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to finish at 8-under 280.
Inbee Park’s bid to become the first pro golfer to win four straight majors in one season ended early – very early. Park closed with rounds of 74-78 to finish 14 shots behind.
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) – Tom Pernice Jr. birdied the final two holes for a one-stroke victory over Jeff Sluman and Corey Pavin in the 3M Championship.
Pernice finished with a 4-under 68 and had a 17-under 199 total at the TPC Twin Cities for his second career Champions Tour victory. He also has two PGA Tour victories.
Sluman closed with a 62, and Pavin had a 66.
Trailing Sluman by one shot at the par-3 17th, Pernice made a long birdie putt to pull even. At the par-5 18th, hit his second shot to 8 feet and two-putted for the winning birdie.
CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Ben Martin won the Mylan Classic for his second Web.com Tour title of the year, shooting his third straight 4-under 67 for a five-stroke victory.
The 25-year-old former Clemson player had a 17-under 267 total at Southpointe Golf Club. He earned $121,500 to jump from fourth to second on the money list with $396,249.
Martin also won the United Leasing Championship in a playoff July 1 in Newburgh, Ind.
Kelly Kraft had a 64 to finish second.