Woods Holds His Fourth Wanamaker Trophy

The only thing hotter than the 102 degree temperature at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the 89th PGA Championship was Tiger Woods. Despite it being the hottest day of play, Tiger kept his cool and stayed focus on the win. Woods pocketed $1,260,000 for his stellar play. It was his fourth Wanamaker trophy. He also won the event in 1999, 2000 and 2006.

Celebrating with Tiger was his wife, Elin, and the world's first television look at his daughter, Sam (dressed in Tiger's traditional Sunday Red). The victory was the 13th Major Championship in Woods' career. He is, of course, hoping to beat Jack Nicklaus' 18 Major titles in his career. Nicklaus won the PGA Championship five times.

Woods had a little trouble on the 13th hole, which is regarded as the easiest hole on the course. His shot landed in the bunker. However, in true Woods fashion, he pulled a par out of his bag. He then went on to three putt the 14th hole which cut his lead to only one. The 15th hole Tiger found his way again with a birdie and an extremely confident step as he made his way to 16. He parred the remaining holes --including the 18th. He won the event by two strokes with a final round of 69.
As Tiger smelled the win -- he honestly looked like a predator ready for the kill.

Woods had a total of 18 birdies and 9 bogeys over the course of the tournament.

Woody Austin gave Woods a little bit of worry on the final round. He had a birdie on 3, 11, 12, 13 .. Austin never had had a top ten finish in a Major before this event. In June, he won the Stanford St. Jude Championship. He also placed second at the Buick Open. The remainder of the year has found him usually finishing somewhere between 40th and 55th place. By finishing second, he took home $756,000. The second place finish also puts him on the 2007 Presidents Cup Team (bumping out Lucas Glover).
Ernie Els had 20 birdies over the course of the week which was the most of any player at the tournament. He shot a 66 in the final round and had 6 birdies (holes 3, 5, 8, 10, 13 and 14) which was his best round of the Championship. The 11 bogeys and 2 double-bogeys over the course of the week kept him from the win. Els pocketed $476,000 for his third place finish. Els was sweating so much it looked like he had wet his pants.

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