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Tiger Woods landed his seventh World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title on Sunday.

Tiger Woods landed his seventh World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title on Sunday as Padraig Harrington’s title bid met a watery end at Firestone Country Club.
Woods, who won by four shots, had decimated the three-shot third-round lead held by Harrington in the first four holes of the final round before the Dubliner regained the advantage with five holes to play.
Disaster befell Harrington, though, as he zig-zagged his way down the 16th and then sent his fourth shot at the par-five from greenside rough into the pond guarding the front of the green.
A triple-bogey eight was the end result as Woods carded a birdie four on the way to a second consecutive 65 that sealed his 90th victory worldwide, his 70th PGA Tour win, his fifth title of the year and the second in as many weeks after landing last Sunday’s Buick Open.
Harrington had started his final round at 10 under par with a three-stroke lead over the world number one.
Having both parred the opening hole, Woods piled the pressure on Harrington at the par-five second by sinking a 24-foot eagle putt to move to nine under.
Woods also birdied the fourth and Harrington’s three-shot lead had evaporated.
Woods’ putter was as hot as the weather and another birdie on the fifth gave him the lead.
Harrington was not without his chances and at the eighth his 14ft birdie putt came up short by inches, but he handed the advantage to Woods at the ninth with his first significant error of the round.
Woods had hit his second shot to seven feet but Harrington, from the fairway, could only find a greenside bunker.
The Irishman escaped from the sand to inside six feet but Woods holed for birdie to move into a two-shot lead at 12 under.
Harrington clawed a shot back at the 11th and was back on level terms when Woods bogeyed the par-four 13th.
There was more bad news for Woods at the next when he found rough at the back of a greenside bunker with his approach and then pitched his third shot into the sand.
Harrington sank his par putt from 14 feet, celebrating with a fist pump while Woods chipped to five feet and took his bogey to fall to 10 under.
Both men parred the 15th but the tables dramatically turned back in Woods’ favour at the par-five 16th.
The duo missed the fairway off the tee, Harrington to the right and Woods to the left.
The world number one laid up in the fairway but the Irishman found a mound of rough at the front edge of a fairway bunker and sent his next shot through the green.
By that time Woods had produced some magic from 182 yards, his eight-iron approach stopping a foot from the hole.
There was more woe for Harrington as his wedge out of the rough hopped onto the green and bounced into the water, leading to a triple-bogey eight.
Woods’ birdie gave him a three-shot lead with two to play and he sealed the win in style with another birdie on the last.
Harrington posted a 72 to fall into a tie for second with Australia’s Robert Allenby, who shot a 66 to finish at eight under.
Hunter Mahan and Masters champion Angel Cabrera finished on seven under in a tie for fourth while Open winner Stewart Cink and his fellow American Steve Stricker closed at six under alongside Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez.
England’s Lee Westwood closed at five under for ninth place following a 65 that was his best round of the week and secured his fourth consecutive top-10 finish, including a tie for third at The Open.
Oliver Wilson finished 11th at three under with a closing 71 while compatriot Ian Poulter was 15th.
Former tournament winner Darren Clarke, the 2003 champion, shot a 69 to finish level par for the week, tied for 22nd in a group also including Sergio Garcia.
ALL THE FINAL ROUND SCORES
(USA unless stated, par 70):

268 Tiger Woods 68 70 65 65
272 Robert Allenby (Aus) 68 69 69 66, Padraig Harrington (Irl) 64 69 67 72
273 Hunter Mahan 68 69 70 66, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 70 68 68 67
274 Steve Stricker 67 69 71 67, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 68 72 66 68, Stewart Cink 69 69 68 68
275 Lee Westwood (Eng) 69 71 70 65
276 Mike Weir (Can) 71 66 69 70
277 Jerry Kelly 71 65 69 72, Kenny Perry 69 71 66 71, Chad Campbell 71 68 69 69, Oliver Wilson (Eng) 69 69 68 71
278 Zach Johnson 67 70 69 72, Woody Austin 69 68 69 72, Ian Poulter (Eng) 67 74 67 70, Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 72 65 72 69
279 Lucas Glover 69 69 68 73, Davis Love III 72 66 73 68, Y.E. Yang (Kor) 72 72 69 66
280 Dustin Johnson 70 71 70 69, Pat Perez 70 72 66 72, Mathew Goggin (Aus) 73 71 68 68, Sergio Garcia (Spa) 68 72 70 70, David Toms 69 69 69 73, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 69 71 67 73, Darren Clarke (NIrl) 71 70 70 69
281 Vijay Singh (Fij) 70 73 67 71, Retief Goosen (Rsa) 71 67 71 72, Justin Rose (Eng) 75 68 69 69, Ernie Els (Rsa) 71 72 70 68, Tim Clark (Rsa) 66 68 73 74, Charles Howell III 71 72 68 70, Henrik Stenson (Swe) 69 72 70 70
282 Nick Watney 74 68 69 71, Anthony Kang 71 76 66 69, J.B. Holmes 70 72 65 75, Anthony Kim 72 68 71 71, Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) 66 70 72 74, Camilo Villegas (Col) 70 70 72 70, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 70 70 68 74
283 Ross Fisher (Eng) 70 71 70 72
284 Justin Leonard 70 71 70 73
285 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 71 71 68 75, Anders Hansen (Den) 73 71 70 71, Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 73 71 71 70, K J Choi (Kor) 74 72 73 66, Luke Donald (Eng) 70 72 69 74, Nick O’Hern (Aus) 72 67 71 75
286 Christian Cevaer (Fra) 75 70 71 70, Danny Lee (Nzl) 68 73 75 70, Adam Scott (Aus) 78 67 71 70, Jim Furyk 73 71 73 69, Nick Dougherty (Eng) 69 71 71 75, Scott Verplank 66 69 75 76, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 74 68 69 75
287 Phil Mickelson 70 69 75 73, Boo Weekley 69 69 76 73
288 Trevor Immelman (Rsa) 70 70 74 74, Soren Hansen (Den) 69 71 70 78, Martin Kaymer (Ger) 72 74 72 70, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 71 74 70 73
289 Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 70 71 72 76, Nathan Green (Aus) 74 71 74 70, Cameron Beckman 71 71 72 75, Ben Curtis 77 69 72 71
290 Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 72 70 75 73, Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 75 70 71 74
291 Sean O’Hair 69 72 76 74, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa) 70 71 73 77
292 Shingo Katayama (Jpn) 74 72 73 73
293 Richard Sterne (Rsa) 72 73 71 77
295 Marc Turnesa 76 75 71 73, Gregory Havret (Fra) 73 77 70 75
299 Chih-bing Lam (Sin) 74 75 75 75
300 Shane Lowry (Irl) 78 78 72 72
302 Yuji Igarashi (Jpn) 74 83 73 72
304 Brian Gay 75 74 76 79

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