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Stewart Cink watches his tee shot on the 13th hole during his match against Tiger Woods in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Stewart Cink watches his tee shot on the 13th hole during his match against Tiger Woods in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York - AP)
Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the 18th hole during his match against Stewart Cink in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the 18th hole during his match against Stewart Cink in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York - AP)
Stewart Cink chips onto the 12th green during his match against Tiger Woods in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Stewart Cink chips onto the 12th green during his match against Tiger Woods in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York - AP)
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during his match against Stewart Cink in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during his match against Stewart Cink in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York - AP)
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during his match against Stewart Cink in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during his match against Stewart Cink in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York - AP)
Tiger Woods flips his ball up with his putter after putting on the 22nd hole of his match against Stewart Cink in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Tiger Woods flips his ball up with his putter after putting on the 22nd hole of his match against Stewart Cink in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) (Paul Connors - AP)
Tiger Woods, left, autographs a glove for an unidentified fan, who was hit by a ball on the 22nd hole during Woods' match against Stewart Cink, in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Tiger Woods, left, autographs a glove for an unidentified fan, who was hit by a ball on the 22nd hole during Woods' match against Stewart Cink, in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) (Paul Connors - AP)
Tiger Woods hits on the fifth fairway during his match against Stewart Cink in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. Woods won the championship match. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Tiger Woods hits on the fifth fairway during his match against Stewart Cink in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. Woods won the championship match. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) (Paul Connors - AP)
Tiger Woods looks at the Walter Hagen Cup following his 8 and 7 victory over Stewart Cinkin the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Tiger Woods looks at the Walter Hagen Cup following his 8 and 7 victory over Stewart Cinkin the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York - AP)
Stewart Cink, left, congratulates Tiger Woods, right, after Woods defeated Cink 8 and 7 in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Stewart Cink, left, congratulates Tiger Woods, right, after Woods defeated Cink 8 and 7 in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York) (Matt York - AP)
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 28th hole during his match against Stewart Cink in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. Woods won the championship 8 and 7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 28th hole during his match against Stewart Cink in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. Woods won the championship 8 and 7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (Ross D. Franklin - AP)
Stewart Cink, left, and Tiger Woods walk up to the 11th green during their match in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. Woods defeated Cink 8 and 7 for the championship. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
Stewart Cink, left, and Tiger Woods walk up to the 11th green during their match in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. Woods defeated Cink 8 and 7 for the championship. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) (Paul Connors - AP)
Tiger Woods, left, shakes hands with opponent Stewart Cink, right, after defeating Cink 8 and 7 in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Tiger Woods, left, shakes hands with opponent Stewart Cink, right, after defeating Cink 8 and 7 in the championship match of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (Ross D. Franklin - AP)
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By Doug Ferguson
Associated Press
Sunday, February 24, 2008; 5:47 PM

MARANA, Ariz. -- Tiger Woods still rules the world of golf, perhaps now more than ever. With a record-breaking victory Sunday in the Accenture Match Play Championship, Woods won his fifth straight tournament and captured his 15th World Golf Championship, holding all three world titles for the first time. Golf is not a fair fight at the moment.

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Stewart Cink found that out at Dove Mountain, where Woods overwhelmed him with 14 birdies in 29 holes for an 8-and-7 victory, the largest margin in the final in the 10-year history of this tournament.

"I think maybe we ought to slice him open to see what's inside," Cink said. "Maybe nuts and bolts."

Cink was only the latest victim in a winning streak that dates to the first week of September.

Woods has won four straight times on the PGA Tour, the third time he has built a streak at least that long. He has set the tournament record for margin of victory in his last three wins.

And it was his fifth straight victory worldwide, including his stunning comeback in Dubai three weeks ago.

"I think this is the best stretch I've ever played," Woods said.

The world's No. 1 player began this season talking about the Grand Slam.

The first stop was a Triple Crown of the WGCs, completing a sweep that included an 8-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone and a two-shot victory in the CA Championship at Doral.

Woods' tour winning streak was at seven last year when Nick O'Hern beat him in the third round of the Match Play. Given the fickle nature of this format, even Woods said it was the toughest tournament to win this side of a major.

Turns out the hard part was just getting to the final match.

Woods rallied from three down with five holes to play in the opening round against J.B. Holmes by winning four straight holes with three birdies and a 35-foot eagle. He twice watched Aaron Baddeley putt from inside 12 feet to win a third-round match, beating the Australian in 20 holes. And he was stretched to 18 holes in the semifinals against defending champion Henrik Stenson.


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