Woods' run is undone

DORAL, Fla. --- So much for that talk of a perfect season. Not only has Tiger Woods been beaten, but Geoff Ogilvy did it on a course where the world's top-ranked player looked unbeatable in recent years.


Ogilvy won the CA Championship on Monday, saving a round that seemed in peril with a chip-in for par at the 13th hole and going on to claim his second victory in a World Golf Championship event.

A final-round of 1-under-par 71 was good enough for him to finish 17 under par, one shot better than Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh, all closing with 68 in the rain-delayed tournament. Woods was alone in fifth at 15 under par, losing for the first time in his past eight starts worldwide.

"It was going to end at some point," Ogilvy said. "I'm very glad that I did it. It's a nice place to do it, too, because he's obviously owned this place for the last few years. He just had one of those weeks."

With the win, Ogilvy joined select company -- only Woods and Darren Clarke have more than one WGC title. But this week won't be remembered for that accomplishment.

Instead, it'll be known as the week someone finally took down Tiger.

"As players, it's nice to see somebody else lift a trophy for a change," Goosen said.

It was Woods' first defeat since Sept. 3. His perfect start to 2008 -- 3-for-3 on the PGA Tour, 4-for-4 overall -- had begged the ridiculous-sounding question: Could he go unbeaten for an entire year?

No one ever has, and it's not really a huge surprise that Woods won't this year, either.

"The chit-chat about 'Is he going to win every golf tournament this year,' that's frustrating stuff to hear," Ogilvy said.

Woods struggled to 72 in the third round, while every other contender piled up birdies with alarming regularity, and simply dug such a deep hole that even he couldn't escape.

"I think it's a great sign, what happened this week, to make that many mistakes and only be two back," Woods said.

In typical fashion, Woods made a huge charge Monday at Doral, where he'd won each of the past three years.

Woods birdied three of the seven holes he played in the morning, getting to 15 under par but never making up the entire gap between himself and Ogilvy, whose last win was the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot.

"You want to always win every one you play in," Woods said. "So you've just got to get ready for the next one."

His next official event: the Masters Tournament, where Woods' annual quest for the Grand Slam will begin.

Woods started the morning five shots back with seven holes remaining and made his typical charge, closing within two strokes after making a 4-footer at the 17th. He birdied the 12th to start his day, then hit his tee shot within a foot at the par-3 15th for a tap-in.

Ogilvy seemed in trouble, but the improbable shot that followed righted the ship.

Ogilvy's second chip at the par-3 13th hopped twice, hit the pin and dropped in. Because the ball was traveling pretty fast when it hit the pin, Ogilvy could have been looking at double-bogey.

"That's why you have to hit it on line," he said. "Flag gets in the way."

Singh was the first one to make a run at Ogilvy, getting with a stroke early before back-to-back bogeys doomed his chances.

Furyk got within one after a birdie at the 17th, then missed the fairway at the finishing hole.

Adam Scott started the morning four shots off the pace, then inexplicably missed a 2-foot tap-in for a bogey.

"People don't really understand, you need to have ... a positive thing happen to you out there in order to win tournaments," Woods said. "I heard Geoff bladed one in the hole for par. ... Those are the things that have happened to me, and things weren't going that way this week."


WINNING STREAK: Woods has won nine of his past 11 starts worldwide, a run that doesn't include helping the United States win the Presidents Cup. Those victories were:

- Arnold Palmer Invitational

- WGC-Accenture Match Play

- Dubai Desert Classic

- Buick Invitational

- Target World Challenge

- Tour Championship

- BMW Championship

- PGA Championship

- WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

PRIZE MONEY: Going back to September, when his streak began, Woods has pocketed $7.2 million in prize money -- more than Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros and Lee Trevino made in their PGA Tour careers combined.

Source: Associated Press, TigerWoods.com



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