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Tiger Woods coasts to eight shot victory

Tiger Woods won the WGC American Express Championship for the fifth time in seven attempts on Sunday, romping to victory by eight strokes at a stormy Grove course.

A closing four-under-par 67 on a day interrupted twice by lightning took Woods to 23-under-par 261, eight shots ahead of Australian Adam Scott (69) and Britain's Ian Poulter (66).

It was Woods' 12th WGC title and his sixth successive victory in strokeplay events.

This will rate among his easiest as he led from start to finish to collect the $1.3 million first prize and extend his lead on the world rankings even further.

Going into the final round six strokes ahead of Scott, the nearest his opponents got to him was five strokes and Woods led by seven at the turn.

Even his third bogey of the tournament, when he missed a five-footer to save par, after being bunkered before a second suspension for lightning, failed to stop his saunter to victory.

While 'only' a birdie on the 18th spoiled his run, after making eagles there for three successive rounds, Woods never had any serious challenger at the first WGC to be held in Britain.

He is now 109-under-par for his six successive strokeplay wins, which include victories in the British Open and U.S. PGA Championship and two WGCs.

On Wednesday Woods said that the 11 tournament record 'streak' of Byron Nelson, who died on Tuesday, was "probably not possible" in an age of much fiercer competition than Nelson faced in his day.

His latest success, however, leaves Woods still well in the running to challenge Nelson's feat.

"It's still a long way away, I'm barely halfway. I'm just thrilled I've been able to win six in a row twice," Woods said after his 54th career win.

After changing his swing since his golden year of 2000, Woods said he would be in confident mood to go into 2007, when he will set his sights on winning all four majors in one year.

"I always think I can do it," he said. "I won four tournaments this year...I've just got to win the right four.

"You've got to have a lot of things go your way, but it's still only four."

Despite his outstanding record this year, Woods, who is taking some time off now, still views 2006, when he lost his father Earl in May, as his "worst" year.

"I consider this year as a loss," he said. "In the grand scheme of things, golf doesn't even compare to losing a parent."

The finishing places at the Grove caused several noticeable changes in the world rankings, with Jim Furyk, who finished fourth, a further shot back of Woods, rising back to number three over the absent Phil Mickelson.

Scott's joint runner-up spot took him above Vijay Singh to fourth place.

Poulter, who was born close by the hosting venue, picked up seven birdies as he followed up on his Madrid Open victory the last time he played, the week before the Ryder Cup.

The Englishman has now risen to 29th in the world from 45th.



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