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The world's No. 1 stays perfect in '08,wins 6th straight and surpasses the King.
Published Feb. 25, 2008

Not even the most unpredictable tournament in golf could keep Tiger Woods from an inevitable victory.

Stewart Cink barely put up a fight Sunday in the Match Play Championship, where Woods broke a scoring record, collected his sixth straight win worldwide and didn't so much as crack a smile when someone asked him if a perfect season is within reach.

"That's my intent," he said. "That's why you play. It you don't believe you can win an event, don't show up."

Woods made 14 birdies in 29 holes to overwhelm Cink for an 8-and-7 victory, the largest margin in the final match in the 10-year history of the event. He did not trail over his final 62 holes of the tournament.

With the victory, Woods captured his 15th World Golf Championship, holding all three world titles for the first time (Bridgestone Invitational, CA Championship).

And his 63rd career win moved him past Arnold Palmer and into fourth alone on the PGA Tour's career list. His next win ties him with Ben Hogan.

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

This is the third time Woods has won at least four straight PGA events. And he won three weeks ago in Dubai on the European Tour.

"I think this is the best stretch I've ever played," said Woods, who has won all three events he has played in this year.

In the final, he built a 4-up lead after the early round of 66, and Cink never got any closer.

Cink didn't win a hole until No. 12, and the only hole he won in the afternoon came at the par-5 10th when he rolled in a 36-foot eagle. Woods had an eagle putt from 35 feet, and the ball spun around the cup.

"Even the minuscule amount that I upstaged him there - him being 8-up - I still thought he was going to make it," Cink said. "He lipped it out, and I thought, 'Hey, come on. At least give me a moment to shine here.' And he said, 'Sorry, dude.'"

The next stop for Woods is the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on March 13.

"Any time you're associated with Arnold and what he's done with the game of golf, it's always a positive thing," Woods said about passing the King in career victories. "I could never have foreseen my victory total being this high, my game improvement being as much as it has been, my knowledge of the game."

In the consolation match, Henrik Stenson defeated Justin Leonard 3 and 2.


By the numbers

Tiger Woods cruised past Stewart Cink for an 8-and-7 victory in the Match Play Championship. What Woods accomplished:

63 Career victories, moving him past Arnold Palmer into fourth on the PGA Tour list.

15 Wins in World Golf Championships events, as many as Fred Couples has in his entire PGA Tour career.

14 Birdies made in 29 holes of the final.