Tiger rules the world again, winning Match Play for fifth straight win

Phil Mickelson, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
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Woods captured his 15th World Golf Championship.

Woods' record in the WGCs is simply ridiculous. This is the 10th year of this series, which was designed to bring together the best players in the world. Identifying the best? That was never a serious question.

Woods is a staggering 15-of-26 in official WGC events, three of those in the Match Play Championship. Darren Clarke (Match Play, Bridgestone) is the only other player with multiple WGC victories.

The world's No. 1 player has built a career on these events alone:

— Woods earned $1.35 million Sunday, giving him over $19.8 million in these elite events. That's roughly 25 percent of Woods' career PGA Tour earnings, and more than Tom Lehman has earned in more than 430 tour starts.

— He was won 15 times in WGC events, as many victories as Fred Couples has in his entire PGA Tour career.

"It says about the same thing that just about any other stat you can pull up of him says," Cink said. "It says he's the best that's ever played."

Stenson won the first four holes and defeated Justin Leonard in the consolation match, 3 and 2. Leonard should earn enough world ranking points to move into the top 40, boosting his chances of getting into the Masters.

Cink earned $800,000 and will look back on a week in which he beat British Open champion Padraig Harrington and U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera before running out of magic against the reigning PGA champion.

"I'm a little disappointed I didn't throw a little more at Tiger, put some pressure on him," Cink said.

Woods already was 4 up after eight holes in the morning when he mentioned that a rules official had just warned them that they were close to being put on the clock for slow play.

"Who are we holding up?" Woods whispered with a bemused grin, noting they were the only match on the course.

Truth is, he might as well have been playing alone.

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