- The Washington Times - Monday, August 10, 2009

From combined dispatches

AKRON, Ohio | First came another signature moment from Tiger Woods, an 8-iron over the water that stopped a foot from the hole. Even more stunning was the meltdown that followed by Padraig Harrington.

In a swift turn of events on Firestone’s famous 16th hole, Woods went from one shot behind to a four-shot victory Sunday by closing with a 5-under 65 to win the Bridgestone Invitational.

Woods became the first player in PGA Tour history to win seven times on the same course.

It was his 16th victory in the World Golf Championship series, and the world’s No. 1 player now goes to the PGA Championship next week at Hazeltine with two straight victories after missing the cut last month in the British Open.

After nearly four hours in the tough battle that Harrington expected, he let it slip away in shocking fashion.

Woods left himself some 170 yards over the water, and his 8-iron landed near the pin and rolled back a foot away. Harrington hit from the collar of a bunker over the 16th green, but his flop shot came behind the green came out hot and into the water.

He wound up with a triple bogey and closed with a 3-over 73 to share second place with Robert Allenby, who had a 66.

Woods, who has won the Bridgestone Invitational seven times in 10 starts and has never finished out of the top five, finished out his remarkable afternoon in style with a 6-foot birdie putt.

It was the 70th victory of his PGA Tour career, three behind Jack Nicklaus in second place. Sam Snead (82) holds the record.

“We locked horns pretty good,” Woods said. “I made a couple of mistakes. Paddy was being consistent, grinding it out, doing all the right things. Unfortunately, 16 happened. But it was a great battle all day.”

It was every bit of that.

Woods won for only the sixth time in his career when trailing by three shots or more, a deficit that didn’t last long.

Song sings victory tune

ST. LOUIS | Jennifer Song became the second woman to win two U.S. Golf Association championships in the same year, beating Jennifer Johnson 3 and 1 in the U.S. Women’s Amateur final at Old Warson.

The 19-year-old Song, coming off her freshman year at Southern California, won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links winner in June and was the low amateur last month in the U.S. Women’s Open.

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