Woods clinches PGA Championship

World No.1 holds off Woody Austin and Ernie Els on back nine to win by two strokes.

     Woods took home the $1.26m
    top prize for his efforts [EPA]
    Austin had birdied three holes in a row starting at the par-3 11th, cutting down Woods' lead to just one stroke after the eventual champion lipped out a five-foot par putt at the par-3 14th.
     
    "I was trying to get them going crazy for someone else to let him know somebody else was out here," Austin said. "I got back in it. It was just a great day."
     
    But Woods answered by sinking a 12-foot birdie putt at the 15th, pointing at the ball as he walked to the cup just as he did in 1999 after sinking a key putt to hold off Sergio Garcia down the stretch and win his first PGA crown.
     
    That lifted Woods to eight-under par, two ahead of Austin, and the two traded pars to the finish, with Woods taking home the $1.26m top prize.
     
    Austin fired a 67 for his first top-10 finish in a major and Els had a 66 to take third.
     
    Canada's Stephen Ames, who began the day in second place three strokes back, soared to a 76 to finish 10 strokes behind Woods.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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