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Tiger back to winning ways


TIGER WOODS won his first title in two years as he captured the $5 million Chevron World Challenge on Sunday (December 4), and the 14-time major champion admitted that it felt ‘awesome’.

The former world number one had led after 36 holes on Friday (December 2) but he slipped one behind compatriot Zach Johnson in the third round, before a birdie-birdie finish secured his 95th tournament victory. The win saw Woods move up from 52nd to 21st in the world rankings.

Woods had not managed a win since the details of his adultery hit headlines around the world in November 2009. He had, however, come close at the Masters and in the Australian Open, where he took an initial lead but finished third.

The 35-year-old revealed afterwards that he had been ‘nervous’ as he came closer to winning the tournament: “Was I nervous? Absolutely. I’m always nervous in that position. But it's a comfortable feeling and I enjoy being in that position. For some reason, it is kind of a comfort to be in there with a chance to win."

Woods and his charitable foundation had founded the World Challenge in 1999 as a fundraiser and he has now won the tournament five times.

When asked what was next for him, the American said that he felt ‘pretty good’ going into 2012: “I think if I have a good year I should be on the ballot for Comeback Player of the Year, so I'm excited about that. But my mind and my body are wanting a little bit of a break. So I want to shut it down for a couple weeks and give it a chance to just kind of unwind and then start gearing back up for next year."

Next up is the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi Championship on January 26-29 where he will come up against the world’s top four including Rory McIlroy and defending champion Martin Kaymer.

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