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Sunday 20 August 2017

Woods ends title drought

TIGER WOODS ended his two-year title drought with a superb victory at the Chevron Challenge last night.

The former world No 1 produced two nerveless putts for birdies at the final two holes to pip Zach Johnson by one shot.

"It feels great," a clearly delighted Woods said after he sank the winning putt.

"I was one down playing the last couple of holes, but I hit two good putts. It feels awesome or whatever it is to be there (winning) again."

Woods fired a three-under-par 69 at Sherwood Country Club to claim the 95th tournament win of his career -- but his first since the 2009 Australian Masters.

The two players were neck and neck throughout the round, with Woods making the turn in level par before producing two birdies followed by a frustrating bogey as some of the inconsistency which has plagued his recent displays returned to haunt him.

Johnson then appeared to seize control when he birdied the par-five 16th while Woods could only par the hole.

However, despite that setback, Woods rolled back the years on the par-three 17th with a 20-foot putt that gave him a share of the lead.

After both players hit good drives on the final hole, Johnson was the first to approach the green and hit a fine shot to 15 feet which increased the pressure on Woods. However, the 14-time Major winner -- whose ranking has tumbled to 52 in the world -- then produced a stunning approach to six feet .

After Johnson missed with his birdie putt, Woods grasped the opportunity to end his two-year famine as his putt landed in the middle of the cup for a 10-under-par total and one of the most satisfying victories of his illustrious career.

Irish Independent

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