Doral: Tiger Woods sent out a Masters warning shot with his second win of the year, a convincing two-stroke victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, in Doral, on Sunday.
Composed throughout and deadly on the greens, Woods posted a one-under-par 71 for a winning total of 19 under par, with fellow-American Steve Stricker runner-up after shooting 68 in the final round.
Stricker could have been credited with an assist, having given his rival a 45-minute putting session on Wednesday. Woods, who needed just 100 putts in the four rounds, was quick to acknowledge the role his closest challenger had played in his week. “I played well, thank you Steve for the putting lesson. I felt good about how I was playing, I made some putts and got rolling,” he said.
Phil Mickelson, Australian Adam Scott, Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell were tied for third, five strokes behind Woods.
Scott shot the best round of the day and the tournament with a bogey-free eight-under-par 64 on Sunday. Woods had claimed his first win of the year at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and continued his excellent record in World Golf Championship (WGC) events with a 17th triumph.
The victory was his seventh in this tournament in 13 starts and his fourth triumph at Doral. It marked his fifth US tour win in his last 19 events and added momentum to his quest for a first major championship since the 2008 US Open when he tees it up next month at Augusta.