WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Tiger Woods takes eighth win at Firestone Country Club
Last Updated: 05/08/13 2:42pm
Tiger Woods: Was untroubled in final round as he completed comfortable win
Tiger Woods claimed victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for the eighth time after completing a dominant seven-stroke success at Firestone Country Club.
The 14-time major winner carded an unspectacular final round of 70 to finish the tournament on 15-under par.
The victory means that Woods has now won two PGA Tour events eight times having also taken the spoils at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the same number of occasions.
The only other player to win a tournament eight times is Sam Snead, whose overall record of 82 PGA Tour wins Woods now trails by just three.
(US unless stated)
-15 T Woods
-8 H Stenson (Swe)
-8 K Bradley
-6 Z Johnson
-6 M A Jimenez (Spa)
-6 J Dufner
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"I feel comfortable here. Just because you're comfortable it doesn't mean you're going to play well, but for some reason it just comes out and I put it together," Woods told CBS.
He added: "I struggled yesterday in the middle part of the round and today I was conservative - just trying to make pars.
"I just felt that this was a perfect day to protect (my lead). The conditions were blustery and tough.
"It was hard to shoot a low number but it was easier to shoot a number around par."
The world No 1 has not won a major title in over five years but is hoping to bring that unwanted run to an end at the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill starting on Thursday.
"I'm really looking forward to it. I've got three more days to get ready. I feel like my game is pretty consistent," Woods said.
Woods wins WGC
Woods' supremacy was such that, before the final round had even started, the only real matter of competitive interest was the battle for second place.
Defending champion Keegan Bradley rose to the occasion by shooting a round of 67 to tie Henrik Stenson - Woods' playing partner - as best of the rest.
Bradley finished on eight under with Stenson, who covered the final 18 holes in 70 shots, joining him thanks to a crucial birdie on the penultimate hole.
Meanwhile, Woods preserved his huge lead by opting for a careful, conservative strategy which saw him par every hole on the front nine.
He finally picked up a shot at the 10th hole, but a three-putt at the 14th cancelled that out and dropped him back to even for the day.
Behind Stenson and Bradley three players - Zach Johnson, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jason Dufner - finished in a tie for fourth on six under. Chris Wood was the leading Brit on five under, with fellow Englishman Luke Donald one shot further back