Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Tiger Woods wins Bridgestone Invitational

AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods played safe and smart with a big lead, parring 16 holes in shooting par 70 Sunday to coast to a seven-shot victory at the Bridgestone Invitational for his eighth win at the event.

"As blustery as it was, it was going to be really hard for someone to shoot 62 or 63," said Woods, who finished the World Golf Championship event at 15-under 265. "If I didn't give any shots away and played my game and shot even par or better, I'd force these guys to go and shoot something super low on a golf course that wasn't going to give it up under these conditions."

As Woods walked to the scorer's trailer, he scooped up son Charlie, 4, who hugged him tightly. "This is the first win (Charlie has) ever been at," Woods said. "That's what makes it special for both of us."

Daughter Sam, 6, was on hand when Woods won the 2008 U.S. Open, before his personal life imploded. "They always say, 'Daddy, when are you going to win the tournament?' It was a few years there … I hadn't won anything," Woods said, smiling. " 'Are you leading or not?' That's a stock question. 'Not leading.' 'Well, are you going to start leading?' 'Well, I'm trying.' "

Tied for second were Keegan Bradley (67) and Henrik Stenson (70). No one got within six shots all day of Woods, the favorite for this week's PGA Championship.

In the 19 times Woods has won his last start before a major, he has followed with a win four times: '00 U.S. Open (after the Memorial), '01 Masters (Players), '06 PGA (Buick) and '07 PGA (Bridgestone).

Big finish for Lewis

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Stacy Lewis finished a marathon day with exquisite birdies on the last two holes of St. Andrews' Old Course to close with par 72 and win the Women's British Open by two shots. It was her second major win on the LPGA Tour and ended a record streak of 10 straight majors won by Asian players.

"It's unbelievable," said Lewis, who finished at 8-under 280. "It all happened so fast at the end. You're afraid for every shot, and all of a sudden you make a couple of birdies and it's over."

On 17 she set up her birdie with an approach she hit exactly as she had pictured it in her head. On 18 she made a 25-footer.

Na Yeon Choi had a three-shot lead with six holes to play but bogeyed 13, 14 and 17 for 73. She tied for second with Hee Young Park (73). The final round began after completion of the third, which was suspended Saturday because of high wind with just nine players having finished.

Inbee Park, bidding to become the first pro, male or female, to win four straight majors in a calendar year, finished 74-78 and was 14 shots back. "I really enjoyed … every moment I was here," she said. "But it's tough to be in the center of everything for a week, and I feel exhausted."

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (81-72) was 8 over.

PGA: Gary Woodland won the Reno-Tahoe Open in Nevada for his second tour win and a spot in this week's PGA Championship, totaling 44 points in the modified Stableford format that awards points for each hole's score. Woodland won the 2011 Transitions Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor.

Champions: Tom Pernice Jr. birdied 17 and 18 for 4-under 68 and a one-stroke win at 17-under 199 over Jeff Sluman (62) and Corey Pavin (66) in the 3M Championship at Blaine, Minn.

Solheim Cup: The U.S. and European teams were completed at the Women's British Open for next week's competition in Parker, Colo. Lincicome's world ranking got her a spot on the U.S. team, captained by Meg Mallon. European captain Liselotte Neumann picked England's Charley Hull, 17, making her the youngest player in Cup history.

The rosters (c-captain's pick): U.S.: Lincicome, Lewis, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Jessica Korda, Brittany Lang, c-Gerina Piller, Morgan Pressel, Lizette Salas, Angela Stanford, Lexi Thompson, c-Michelle Wie. Europe: Hull, c-Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England; Carlota Ciganda, Azahara Munoz, Beatriz Recari, Spain; c-Caroline Hedwall, Anna Nordqvist, Sweden; Karine Icher, France; Caroline Masson, Germany; Catriona Matthew, Scotland; Suzann Pettersen, Norway; c-Giulia Sergas, Italy.

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