Tiger Woods faced another pivotal putt on the 17th hole, this one from only 12 feet, the stakes much higher Saturday afternoon than his signature 35-foot eagle putt he made three days earlier in the Match Play Championship.
Typical of his year, success was inevitable.
"It's fun to have the opportunity, whether you succeed or fail," Woods said. "Luckily over my career, I've succeeded more than I've failed."
Call this another success and another trip to the final.
Woods' birdie on the 17th carried him to a 2-up victory Saturday over defending champion Henrik Stenson, putting him in the 36-hole final match against Stewart Cink, whose flawless front nine gave him a 4-and-2 victory over Justin Leonard.
"Every match is its own little battle," Woods said, who won for the 22nd time in his past 25 matches at this fickle event. "One of the things I learned from my dad is in match play, you have 18 battles. You've just got to win more than they do."
This was a fight that went the distance. Stenson never led, but he was never far away, and when he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th, it was all square with two holes to play.
Woods never blinked. His 5-wood from the fairway landed near the edge of the bunker, leaving him an uphill, sidehill lie that he was thrilled to get within 12 feet. Stenson found the rough, laid up and hit a poor wedge that took birdie out of the picture.
Creamer rallies to win
KAPOLEI, Hawaii - Paula Creamer rallied to win the Fields Open for her fifth title, birdieing four of the final five holes for a one-stroke edge over Jeong Jang.
Playing her trademark pink ball in the final round, Creamer, 21, closed with a bogey-free 6-under 66 for a 16-under 200 total.
After holing a 5-foot putt on the par-4 18th for her third straight birdie, Creamer pumped her arms and smiled as the crowd cheered.
The putt was set up by an aggressive second shot from 165 yards, over the pond and onto the green, where it bounced twice and rolled to 5 feet. Jang just missed the green from 153 yards, leaving the door open.
Jang, seeking a wire-to-wire victory, closed with 69.
Lindsey Wright finish third at 14 under, birdieing three of the final five holes for bogey-free 67. Annika Sorenstam (68) followed at 12 under.
Michelle Wie shot 6-over 78 to finish 20 strokes behind Creamer. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot a final-round 75 to finish at even-par 216, 16 back.
PGA: As the birdies piled up and his name crept up the scoreboard, Esteban Toledo saw them coming. They weren't just fans. They were his people. The only Mexican left in the Mayakoba Classic, Toledo gave his countrymen plenty to cheer. He chipped in from about 25 yards for eagle on No. 13, then closed with birdie on 18. Toledo's 7-under 63 lifted him into fifth place in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. At 8-under 202, he was seven strokes behind Brian Gay going into the final round.
WGC-Match Play Championship
Today's final: No. 1 seed Tiger Woods vs. No. 6 Stewart Cink, 36 holes, Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain (South Course), Marana, Ariz.
TV: 10 a.m. Golf Channel,2 p.m. Ch. 8