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Eight Stroke Victory for Woods in Japan

Tiger Woods has won his final ranking tournament of the season and he did so in style. A final round 67 gave him a 16 under par total of 264 and an eight stroke, wire-to-wire victory at the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan. This was Woods' first stroke play victory since October 2003 and draws a line under what he has been saying for the last few months, that the work he has been doing on his swing is starting to bear fruit.

In a consistent performance, with rounds of 65-67-65-67, the former world number one showed the golfing world that he will be a force to be reckoned with next season as he strengthened his second place in the world rankings, closing to within a single point of Vijay Singh.

Having started the day with a ten stroke lead it would have taken a major collapse for Woods not to have won. Runner-up, Ryoken Kawagishi closed the overnight gap by two strokes with a 65 to finish on 272. K.J. Choi, who also shot a 65, finished two shots further back in third place. The defending champion, Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, closed with a 64 to end the tournament in 7th place on 277.



Written by: Andy Smith (Editor, Golfing Weekly) -  Sun, November 21, 2004

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