CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tiger Woods added the Wachovia Championship to his collection of trophies yesterday with a 60-foot eagle putt to take the lead on the way to a 2-shot victory.
Woods made a double bogey that kept it interesting, but he avoided the kind of calamities that doomed his challengers down the stretch at Quail Hollow.
Backed by a 2-shot lead on the toughest hole on the course, Woods played it safe and made par from eight feet to close with a 4-under 68 to beat Steve Stricker by 2 shots.
It was Woods' third victory this year, and his ninth on the PGA Tour in his last 12 starts dating to his missed cut in the U.S. Open. He finished at 13-under 275, the lowest score to win the tournament, and earned $1.134 million for the 57th victory of his career. He also went atop the FedEx Cup standings for the first time this season.
"Over the course of my career, I've won a few tournaments here and there, and it's been nice," Woods said. "This one, considering the field and the golf course and the conditions, I'm ecstatic to have won here."
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Mi Hyun Kim made a four-foot par putt on No. 18 in a playoff to beat Hall of Famer Juli Inkster and capture the SemGroup Championship.
It was Kim's first LPGA Tour victory of the season, which came after she missed a chance to win in regulation on the same hole. However, she pushed a five-foot putt just right of the hole.
Inkster, who will turn 47 next month, would have been the oldest player to win an LPGA Tour event. She closed with a 2-under 69 in regulation.
Kim, who shot a 71, and Inkster finished regulation tied at 3 under, 1 shot ahead of Ai Miyazoto and Angela Stanford. Four others were at 1 under, including Lorena Ochoa, Reilley Rankin and Stephanie Louden. Rankin and Louden began the day in a four-way tie for first.
The 6,602-yard Cedar Ridge Country Club course was soggy from storms that hit Oklahoma the last week.
Officials moved up yesterday's tee times by two hours to avoid weather problems.
LAKEWAY, Texas - Scott Hoch fired a final-round 68 to capture his first Champions Tour victory, winning by 2 shots over D.A. Weibring at the FedEx Kinko's Classic.
Hoch, who turned 50 last year and has battled left wrist problems since surgery in late 2005, finished the event with a 15-under 201 total at the Hills Country Club. He earned $240,000.
MILAN, Italy - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano beat Markus Brier in a playoff to win the rain-shortened Italian Open at the Castello di Tolcinasco Golf and Country Club.
After finishing at 16-under 200 after 54 holes, Fernandez-Castano sank a five-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to win.