Tiger Woods hardly put together a masterpiece yesterday, but the result was the same--another victory for the world's No. 1 player, who is still building on what already has become a masterful season.
Despite missing five putts from 10 feet or less and three-putting on three occasions, Woods avoided the kind of mistakes that knocked out Ernie Els and Bob Tway and closed with a 1-over 73 to win the National Car Rental Classic at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Woods finished at 271 and won $450,000, pushing his earnings to more than $4.7 million for the year. More impressive are the victories. Woods, 23, won for the sixth time this year on the PGA Tour, matching Tom Watson who won six in 1980.
"I just hung in there today," Woods said. "My putting was just not on. I figured if I kept hitting it close, one of them might go in. I got lucky and won this one."
Els hit into the water trying to lay up on No. 14 and had a 35-foot birdie putt roll off the green on No. 17 that led to a bogey. He had a 71 and finished one stroke behind.
Tway was tied with Woods to start the final round and led by two strokes at the turn, but fell out of contention by hitting into the water on the par-3 12th and taking a triple bogey.
SENIORS: Bruce Fleisher tied the Senior PGA Tour rookie record with his seventh victory of the year, beating Allen Doyle by one stroke to win the Kaanapali Classic in Hawaii.
Fleisher had a 4-under 67 in the final round for a 14-under 199 total and the winner's purse of $150,000 extended his lead on the money list and put him at $2,288,005.
His seven victories matches the record set by Bruce Crampton in 1986 and matched by Lee Trevino in 1990.
"This is a year I'll remember for a long time," said Fleisher, who won once in more than 400 starts on the PGA Tour.
EUROPE: Sweden's Robert Karlsson recorded his first European victory in nearly two years, shooting a 5-under 66 to capture the Belgacom Open in Knokke, Belgium.
Karlsson won $137,500 from the purse of $817,000 when third-round leader Retief Goosen of South Africa lost his touch in the strong winds blowing off the North Sea and onto the Royal Zoute links.