August 21, 2006


Tiger Woods wins PGA Championship (DOUG FERGUSON, 8/21/06, AP )

He paid tribute to Earl Woods again, his voice steady this time. He even managed a wisecrack about how his father taught him to putt.

"I kept saying all day, 'Just putt to the picture.' He actually knew what he was talking about," Woods said.

This celebration was routine. Woods plucked the ball out of the cup and put it in his pocket, thrust his fists in the air and gave a thumbs-up sign as he walked over to pick up the Wanamaker Trophy.

"This is sweet. This is really sweet," he said.

He became the first player to win the PGA Championship twice on the same course. Woods outlasted Sergio Garcia by one shot at Medinah in 1999. This one was never close.

Woods twice made birdie putts over 40 feet, and the margin of victory might have been greater had he not aimed for the middle of the green and lagged for par over the closing holes. [...]

So much for those worries about Woods after he missed the cut at the
U.S. Open. He now has won his last three tournaments, the first time he has done that in five years.

"Jack Nicklaus, he's the only other guy I've ever seen who looks more comfortable leading on the back nine of a major than playing the first hole of a tournament," Chris DiMarco said. "And that's pretty scary. He just puts the hammer down."

Congrats to des harte, jeff and Jim in Chicago. E-mail your addresses and I'll send books.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 21, 2006 12:36 PM
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