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Tiger romps to 14 shot Grand Slam win

Tiger Woods fired an 11-under-par 61 on Wednesday for a stunning 14-stroke victory in the two-round PGA Grand Slam of Golf, an unofficial event.

The world number one has now won this event for five straight years but never by such a huge margin.

After an opening-round 66 at the 7,064-yard Poipu Bay Golf Club course gave him a three-shot lead, Woods stormed away from the rest of the four-player field for a 36-hole total of 127.

Justin Leonard and Davis Love III finished tied at three-under 141, four shots better than PGA Championship winner Rich Beem, the only player over par.

Love shot a three-under 69, Leonard a par 72 and Beem a one-over 73, making it appear that they were playing a different course than the winner.

Woods didn't play any spectacular shots throughout his round but managed to complete a methodical bogey-free round of 11 birdies.

"I enjoyed it. I really played well today," Woods said.

"I hit just a lot of good shots.

"Starting out, I did exactly what you need to do when you have a three-shot lead; I needed to go out there and play a good, solid front nine and I just got on a roll."

Woods birdied six of the first eight holes and five of the last seven to go with three straight pars as he made the turn.

"It just kept going -- making shots, aiming at my spots and I was knocking down my putts," Woods said.

"It's a lot of fun when everything works like that."

"Another top-five (finish)," Beem joked.

"I'm just glad I was part of it today so I could watch Tiger shoot 61. That was the highlight of my day."

At times Woods appeared to be playing on a different level.

At the 384-yard, par-four 13th hole, he hit a three-wood off the tee and a nine-iron within two feet of the cup.

"That shot was ridiculously so good, you can't even believe it," Beem said.

"That's when you know things are going right," Woods said.

Woods claimed $400,000 for the victory and after losing in his inaugural visit to the event in 1997, he has won every year since.

The $1 million event normally features the winners of the four grand slam events.

However, Woods claimed both The Masters and U.S. Open to earn a record sixth invitation here.

He was joined by Beem, who beat him by a stroke at the PGA Championship in August, and former major tournament champions Leonard and Love.

British Open champion Ernie Els of South Africa skipped the event.

Despite playing only 18 events, Woods again topped the PGA Tour money list with more than $6.9 million, bringing his career total past $33 million.


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