THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - One last birdie putt he didn't need. One final victory that didn't count.
Tiger Woods wrapped up a remarkable season Sunday at the Target World Challenge, seizing the lead from U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy in just three holes and coasting to 6-under-par 66 for a four-shot victory in the last tournament of the year.
He started the year with a playoff victory in the Buick Invita-tional and ended it by beating an elite, 16-man field to win his tournament for the third time in its eight-year history. Between those bookend trophies was a mixture of triumph and tragedy.
Earl Woods, his father and the braintrust behind this tournament, died May 3 of cancer, and Woods took nine weeks off to grieve. After missing the cut at the U.S. Open in his return to golf, Woods never finished worse than second place in stroke play the rest of the year, winning two majors and six consecutive PGA Tour events.
"It's been a year of two halves," said Woods, who finished at 16-under 272 with a birdie on the last hole. "Obviously, on the golf course it's been something else to have things coming together, especially winning two majors."
The Target World Challenge was his 11th trophy of the year. While it doesn't count in the record books, Woods donates the $1.35 million prize to his Tiger Woods Learning Center that opened in February.
SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN: In Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Ernie Els shot 7-under-par 65 to beat Trevor Immelman by three strokes.
Els had eight birdies and a bogey to finish the final round at 24-under 264. It was the South African's first win of 2006.
LEXUS CUP: In Singapore, South Korea's Seon Hwa Lee held off ADT Championship winner Julieta Granada 2 and 1 in rainy conditions to give Asia a 12-11 victory over Annika Sorenstam's International team.
Ahead 7-5 after winning four of the six best-ball matches Sat-urday, Asia took 5 of 12 points in singles play.
Target World Challenge
At Sherwood Country Club
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Purse: $5.75 million
Yardage: 7,064 yards; Par: 72
Tiger Woods, $1.35 mil. 68-68-70-66-272
Geoff Ogilvy, $840,000 68-70-67-71-276
Chris DiMarco, $570,000 70-68-68-71-277
Henrik Stenson, $420,000 66-71-73-69-279
C.Montgomerie, $285,000 69-73-72-66-280
Paul Casey, $285,00 69-70-70-71-280
M.Campbell, $240,000 74-69-68-71-282
P.Harrington, $230,000 75-67-70-71-283
David Toms, $220,000 73-69-68-75-285
Davis Love III, $205,000 77-70-70-69-286
Fred Couples, $205,000 69-74-72-71-286
Luke Donald, $190,000 76-74-72-71-293
David Howell, $185,000 71-75-72-77-295
Adam Scott, $177,500 75-80-69-72-296
J.Olazabal, $177,500 70-70-78-78-296
John Daly, $170,000 69-71-77-80-297
South African Open
At Humewood Golf Club
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Purse: $1.33 million
Yardage: 6,963; Par: 72
Ernie Els 67-66-66-65-264
Trevor Immelman 67-66-63-71-267
Patrik Sjoland 68-64-69-67-268
Darren Fichardt 72-67-65-68-272
Louis Oosthuizen 71-65-70-67-273
Retief Goosen 69-66-68-70-273
Andrew Raitt 67-68-68-70-273
Gary Lockerbie 73-66-70-65-274
Lee Westwood 68-68-68-70-274
Robert Rock 70-68-69-68-275
Gregory Bourdy 71-68-68-68-275
Lee S. James 71-69-67-68-275
Charl Schwartzel 71-69-65-70-275
Jaco van Zyl 71-65-72-68-276
Richard Finch 71-71-70-66-276
Ross Fisher 70-69-66-72-277
Justin Walters 73-67-71-67-278
Pelle Edberg 69-68-73-68-278
Lee Slattery 71-70-69-68-278
Bradford Vaughan 70-68-71-69-278
Angel Cabrera 75-65-69-69-278
Richard Sterne 73-69-66-70-278
James Kamte 69-68-69-72-278
Tanah Merah Country Club
Yardage: 6,220; Par: 72
ASIA 12, INTERNATIONAL 11
International 6, Asia 5
Annika Sorenstam, International, def. Grace Park, Asia, 4 and 3.
Paula Creamer, International, def. Candie Kung., Asia, 1-up
Meena Lee, Asia, halved with Angela Stanford, International.
Jee Young Lee, Asia, def. Morgan Pressel, International, 5 and 4.
Stacy Prammanasudh, International, def. Shi Hyun Ahn, Asia, 4 and 3.
Young Kim, Asia, def. Carin Koch, International, 3 and 2.
Hee-Won Han, Asia, def. Nikki Campbell, International, 3 and 2.
Sherri Steinhauer, International, def. Jennifer Rosales, Asia, 4 and 3.
Sakura Yokomine, Asia, def. Laura Davies, International, 4 and 3.
Natalie Gulbis, International, def. Joo Mi Kim, Asia, 5 and 4.
Seon Hwa Lee, Asia, def. Julieta Granada, International, 2 and 1.
Brittany Lincicome, International, def. Se Ri Pak, Asia, 4 and 2.
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