MIAMI - They can move this World Golf Championship around country and continents, change its name and stick it in a different spot on the calendar. Tiger Woods still seems to wind up with the trophy.
Woods made sure the outcome was never in doubt Sunday, making enough key putts to keep everyone at a distance and playing it safe at the end for a 1-over 73 to capture the CA Championship by two shots over Brett Wetterich in his final tournament before the Masters.
Woods is believed to be the first player to win a PGA Tour event six times on six courses. Woods also won this tournament, previously known as the American Express Championship, in Spain, Ireland, Atlanta, San Francisco and London. And it was his third straight victory at Doral.
Woods never let anyone closer to him than four shots for most of the warm, blustery afternoon on the Blue Monster until Wetterich made birdie on the 16th to get within three. Equipped with that margin, Woods played iron off the tee on the tough 18th, laid up, and hit a wedge 50 feet beyond the flag. He lapped to tap-in range for bogey.
Wetterich had an 8-foot birdie putt to make it interesting, but left it short and settled for a 71.
Woods finished at 10-under 278 to continue his dominance in these World Golf Championships. It was his 13th title in 24 tries, and he is 11-of-16 when the tournaments are stroke play.
It was only the sixth time Woods has won a tournament with his final round over par. All that mattered was another title, his second this year and 56th of his career. He earned $1.35 million.
Safeway International: Lorena Ochoa blew a four-stroke lead to Suzann Pettersen, then birdied four of the last five holes for a two-stroke victory in the Safeway International.
Ochoa shot a 4-under 68 to rally past Pettersen (66).
Ochoa blew a four-shot lead in the final round for the second time in three years at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club. But this time she survived, overtaking Norway's Pettersen with birdies on the 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th holes.
The tour's reigning player of the year, Ochoa earned $225,000 for her 10th LPGA Tour victory. She finished at 18 under.
The Mexican star opened the day with a four-stroke lead. But it disappeared as Pettersen then added another birdie on the seventh. Two years ago, Ochoa blew a four-stroke lead with three holes to play and lost to Annika Sorenstam in a playoff.
Pettersen needed only five holes to erase Ochoa's lead, birdieing the second, third, fourth and fifth holes. Pettersen surged ahead when Ochoa bogeyed the par-4 sixth hole, missing a 4-foot putt. Ochoa, who never trailed by more than a stroke, reclaimed the lead for good when she made a 10-foot putt on the par-3 17th.
Madeira Islands Open: Argentina's Daniel Vancsik won the Madeira Islands Open for his first European tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a seven-stroke victory.
Vancsik had an 18-under 270 total. South Africa's David Frost (68) and Spain's Santiago Luna (69) tied for second.
The Associated Press