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Archive for Monday, September 17, 2007

Woods ends year with seventh win

Tiger takes Tour Championship, inaugural FedEx Cup

September 17, 2007

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— Tiger Woods never paid much attention to the FedEx Cup until it was shining before him on a pedestal on the 18th green Sunday at East Lake.

He always figured his name would be the first engraved on the new trophy as long as he kept winning.

And there was never a doubt.

In his final event of another spectacular season, Woods closed with a 4-under 66 to shatter the tournament record and win the Tour Championship by eight shots for his second straight victory in these PGA Tour Playoffs.

The only new twist? It was the first time Woods won two trophies at one tournament. Along with earning $1.26 million in cash for winning the Tour Championship for his seventh PGA Tour title of the year, Woods was a runaway winner of the FedEx Cup and the $10 million that goes into a retirement account.

"I don't look at what the purse is or the prize money," Woods said. "You play. And when you play, you play to win, period."

The only drama was whether Woods would break the 72-hole scoring record on the PGA Tour. With a late bogey, he had to settle for a 23-under 257, the lowest of his career, breaking the Tour Championship record by six shots.

Masters champion Zach Johnson (68) and Mark Calcavecchia (71) tied for second.

Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson were the only other players with a realistic chance of capturing the FedEx Cup, and their hopes were gone by the weekend. Stricker closed with a 67 and tied for 17th to finish second in the FedEx Cup, worth $3 million in retirement money.

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