Tiger Woods of the USA closed in on a personal record by winning the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston on Monday. It was his fifth consecutive victory (including two Major championships) and he will now be looking to equal his personal best of six wins in a row, a mark he set in 2000, at next week’s HSBC World Matchplay Championship at Wentworth.
The overall record for most consecutive wins on the USPGA Tour is the eleven recorded by Byron Nelson in 1945. In that year the US Tour was heavily disrupted due to the conclusion and aftermath of World War Two, meaning that Nelson faced fewer quality rivals than Woods faced in 2000 and on his current run.
Woods trailed overnight leader Vijay Singh by three strokes going into yesterday’s final round but fired a sensational score of 63 to finish on sixteen-under-par, two clear of his rival from Fiji, who didn’t play badly in his final round of 68. Brian Bateman of the USA finished third at -8, while England’s Justin Rose achieved his best finish of the season after his final round of 72 clinched a tie for fourth place at -7. Woods reached the turn in 30 strokes to take the tournament by the scruff of the neck. He fired eagles on the 2nd and the 7th and birdies on the 3rd and 5th.
“It’s fun when things come together in the final round,” said Woods, who now moves into fifth place on the list of all-time USPGA winners after clinching his 53rd title.
“I talked to my coach last night because I wasn’t happy with my swing and it was much better today.”
“Tiger was unbelievable today,” reflected Singh, whose extraordinary round of 61 on Sunday was all in vain.
“His two eagles early on took it away from me. I’m still proud of myself and it’s no disgrace finishing second to a player like him. I played well but just came up short.”