Tiger Woods got off to the fast start he wanted, and won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf today for the second straight year.
In posting his 10th victory in his past 14 starts, Woods built up a big lead on the front nine and defeated Davis Love III, 3 and 2.
"I felt it was going to be a tough match because Davis played so well yesterday," Woods said of Love's 6-and-5 blowout of Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal on Tuesday. "After birdieing the first hole, I knew if I could somehow answer, I could stop his momentum."
That's exactly what the Woods did.
He eagled the 524-yard second hole, starting him to a runaway win. It was the same hole Love eagled to kick off his rout of Olazabal a day earlier.
By the time the players reached the turn, Woods was 5 up -- thanks to two more birdies and a pair of bogeys by Love.
The PGA champion completed the front nine at the 6,957-yard Poipu Bay Resort on Kauai in 5-under-par 31. Love, who made it into the tournament as an alternate following the death of Payne Stewart, was at 1-over 37.
Love birdied 12th and 13th holes to cut Woods's lead to 3 up, but it wasn't enough.
"I didn't get off to a great start," Love said. "He got 1 up on an eagle and when he gets off like that, he's hard to beat. You can feel the door closing."
Woods, who entered with $7,281,626 in winnings this year, won another $400,000 today.
The third-place match ended when Paul Lawrie conceded to Olazabal after twisting his right ankle. TheOpen winner was walking from the ninth green to the 10th tee when he stumbled over some rocks. He stepped on another rock in an effort to balance himself, but turned the ankle instead. Olazabal was leading 1 up at the time.
Lawrie was taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital. He didn't break any bones but stretched several ligaments. He hopes to play in next week's Million Dollar Challenge at Sun City in South Africa.
"The doctors said I should heal pretty quickly," said Lawrie, who returned to the resort on crutches and was wearing a temporary boot cast. "It was just a freak thing.
"It was too bad since we were having a good match. It's unfortunate it finished as it did."