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Tiger Woods unhappy with manner of victory

Throughout his career, world number one Tiger Woods has made it clear he is only interested in one thing on the golf course -- winning.

However, Woods appeared to gain no particular pleasure from victory on Sunday, claiming his fourth WGC American Express Championship title on the second playoff hole when John Daly missed a routine three-foot putt.

A ruthless competitor not beyond punctuating his victories with a celebratory fist pump in front of his vanquished rivals, Woods bowed his head, covered his eyes and was almost apologetic accepting the $1.3 million winner's cheque.

"It just felt so bad," said Woods, following his second playoff win of the season, having beaten Chris DiMarco in extra holes at the U.S. Masters in April.

"That's not how you're supposed to win a golf tournament.

"We're battling, and JD played beautifully all week and it shouldn't end like that.

"When he missed the putt, I just felt so bad because he was up there every day. And to put yourself on top of that board, it's a lot of work.

"We all had to come get him, and to have it end that way, that's not how it should have ended.

Woods seldom displays any form of compassion on the golf course and it is that single-minded focus that has earned him 46 career PGA Tour wins, including 10 major titles.

By contrast, Daly -- the big-hitting, chain-smoking, chicken-wing loving, fan favourite -- sometimes plays as if his mind is on anything but golf.

It is those flaws that have made him one of the most popular sporting personalities in America and helped provide the perfect pairing for a riveting afternoon as two of the biggest draws on the PGA Tour duelled for supremacy at a sun-drenched Harding Park golf course.

"JD brings huge galleries everywhere he goes," Woods added.

"It's always electric any time he plays.

"On top of that, when he's playing well, it's even more so.

"I played right in front of him the first two days. He'd drive it on par-fours and people are going nuts, bananas, screaming.

"He brings a certain atmosphere all to its own."

As disappointed as Daly was, the massive galleries were equally letdown as the showdown that promised so much ended not with a bang but with a whimper.

"He's a champion and he's won so many golf tournaments," Daly said.

"I was probably feeling a lit bit more heat than he was.

"Like I said, you just hate to lose that way and I know he hated to win that way."

 

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