How it happened: Tiger wins 76th PGA Tour title

Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

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Four PGA Tour starts. Two wins.

Tiger Woods couldn't have asked for a better start to his season in the U.S., firing a 1-under 71 to clear Steve Stricker by two strokes to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on Sunday.

Woods had 27 birdies on the week, picking up three on Sunday.

(CHECK OUT WHAT WAS IN TIGER'S BAG THIS WEEK)

The win is Woods' 18th career WGC title, fourth title at Doral and his 76th PGA Tour title. Woods won the Farmers Insurance Open at the end of January.

Stricker fired a 4-under 68 to finish in solo second.

See how it all unfolded on Sunday in south Florida:

• • •

No. 18, Par 4, 467 yards

The 18th can be scary with the water to the left, but Tiger has three shots to play with, so no need to get aggressive at all.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes driver and pushes it right and into the rough. Tiger just chips out into the fairway instead of taking any chance at going after the green. His third shot comes up short of the green and in the rough. His chip runs just past the cup to about 4 feet and he makes the putt for bogey to win the title.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (19 under for tournament)

• • •

No. 17, Par 4, 419 yards

Steve Stricker has already hit his drive on the 18th and will need to avoid disaster to put pressure on Tiger.

Hole wrap-up: Driver here for Tiger and he hammers it up the left side of the fairway. From just over 140 yards, Tiger lands it pin-high and about 18 feet to the left of the hole. Tiger misses the birdie putt to the right and settles for an easy par. Three-shot lead heading to the 18th.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (20 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Steve Stricker manages to get up-and-down from the fringe for a par at 18 to card a 4-under 68 and finish at 17 under. Phil Mickelson shoots a 1-under 71 to finish at 14 under.

• • •

No. 16, Par 4, 372 yards

Four shots ahead with three to play, with the 17th and 18th presenting the biggest potential disasters.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes iron and fails to get over the corner, putting it in a fairway bunker on the left. First poor tee ball of the day. Tiger chunks his second ball and comes up well short of the green and in the rough. Very poor shot. His third shot is a huge flop and lands near the hole and runs out to about 30 feet. His par putt comes up short by about 2 feet. He knocks that in for his first bogey of the day and his lead slips to three shots.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (20 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Steve Stricker makes a great recovery to get to the 17th green in two and two-putts for a par to stay at 17 under.

• • •

No. 15, Par 3, 175 yards

It hasn't been an exciting round, buy Tiger's play thus far has been nearly flawless, simply putting himself in solid position for par all day.

Hole wrap-up: With 9-iron, Tiger plays a very high shot into the green, leaving it about 30 feet left of the hole. Smart and solid play. Perfect pace again, settling 6 inches to the right of the cup and he picks up yet another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (12 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Steve Stricker squeezes in a par putt on No. 16, hitting the left edge and falling in to stay 17 under, alone in second place.

• • •

No. 14, Par 4, 460 yards

Tiger is making a lot of 5-foot par saves today, which is critical to hold off someone as steady as Steve Stricker.

Hole wrap-up: Using his new 5-wood, Tiger finds the fairway, but hit the ground ahead of the impact and puts his hand behind his back like it stung a bit. From just under 140 yards, Tiger plays a nice, spinning shot to about 15 feet under the hole. His birdie putt his hooked a bit and he picks up an easy par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (21 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Steve Stricker's birdie chip on the par-3 15th runs past and he knocks in a 4-footer for par to stay at 17 under.

• • •

No. 13, Par 3, 245 yards

For the first time today, Tiger doesn't answer a roar from elsewhere on the course and now leads by only four shots over close friend Steve Stricker.

Hole wrap-up: This green is nearly impossible to hold and Tiger gets it to the back of the green, but funnels just off of it and will chip for birdie. Moments after McDowell chips in for birdie to get to 15 under, Tiger nearly does the same, but it runs 5 feet past. He makes that to stay bogey free today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (21 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Steve Stricker two-putts from 45 feet for a par at No. 14 to stay at 17 under.

• • •

No. 12, Par 5, 602 yards

Considering the wind and the hard greens, being bogey-free on a Sunday at Doral is quite impressive. Tiger would take six more pars at this point.

Hole wrap-up: Another big swing from Tiger with driver and he puts it on the right side of the fairway. Small fairway, so it is a big one to hit. He uses fairway metal from the fairway and finds a greenside bunker on the left. His bunker ball is up against the edge, but smacks it out and leaves himself 12 feet for birdie. He sends his birdie putt 5 feet past, just missing on the right. He makes the comebacker, but now leads by four with six to play.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (21 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Steve Stricker chips in for birdie at the par-3 13th to move to 17 under and is alone in second by three shots.

• • •

No. 11, Par 4, 402 yards

Tiger has managed to answer every time a player gets to within four shots, and now has a five-shot lead with eight to play.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger will be playing in the sand after sending his tee ball the shorter par-4 into a fairway bunker. Tiger hits his second shot a bit thin, sending it off the back of the green and into the rough. The pin is on the front. He makes the putt to keep his bogey-free round going.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (21 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson has dropped back to 14 under after a bogey on No. 11 and is now seven shots back of Tiger.

• • •

No. 10, Par 5, 551 yards

Tiger makes the turn with a five-shot lead (one better than he started the day with) and he hasn't birdied a par-5 yet today. He'll get another chance here.

Hole wrap-up: No reason for driver here, so he takes fairway metal and finds the fairway. A bit defensive, but no reason to risk problems. He still goes after the green in two and hits the green, but it runs off the back and into the rough. Still a nice shot. Tiger chops out of the rough and leaves it about 6 feet under the hole for birdie. He makes the putt to go back up five shots.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (21 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Ahead of the final group, Steve Stricker moves to 16 under with a 35-footer for birdie on No. 10, while Phil Mickelson stays at 15 under with a par.

• • •

No. 9, Par 3, 169 yards

After a bogey from Phil Mickelson that sent him back to 15 under, Tiger regains a five-shot lead despite another par on a par-5.

Hole wrap-up: Solid tee ball to the middle of the green, leaving himself about 25 feet for birdie. Perfect pace on the birdie putt from Woods, settling 18 inches to the right of the cup and he picks up another par. That's a 2-under 34 on the front and he retains his five-shot advantage.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (20 under for tournament)

• • •

No. 8, Par 5, 560 yards

That's five pars and a pair of birdies for Tiger through seven holes. No one has been able to make a big run at Tiger as of yet.

Hole wrap-up: One problem Tiger has in his game today is a case of the rights, as he pushes his tee ball over the gallery and will not be able to get to the green in two. Tiger just gets it out of the rough, putting it on the left side of the fairway and he'll have wedge into the green. His third shot is left of the hole and it runs just onto the fringe. His fourth shot nearly drops and he picks up a second par at a par-5 on Sunday.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (20 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson, after a poor second shot, hits a great third shot to about 2 feet at the par-5 8th and moves to 16 under, alone in second. Adam Scott birdies No. 14 to move to 8 under on his round and is now 14 under overall. Rory McIlroy ends his round with a big par save to fire a 7-under 65 and finish the tournament at 10 under.

• • •

No. 7, Par 4, 454 yards

While the two birdies have given Tiger breathing room, the up-and-downs on the last two holes have been even more critical. Great short-game work by the World No. 2.

Hole wrap-up: Big tee ball here that finds the right-center of the fairway for Tiger. With the pin tucked on the front right side, Tiger takes it right over the flag and it settles about 25 feet behind the hole. Safe spot. Tiger gives his birdie putt a good run, but it slides by and settles 3 feet past. He makes that for another solid par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (20 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Charl Schwartzel has gone the wrong direction today, making the turn at 4 over and is now 7 under for the tournament.

• • •

No. 6, Par 4, 442 yards

While still being aggressive, Tiger knows that avoiding mistakes is all he will need at this point. The rest of the field is running out of holes to make up five strokes.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes another huge whack with his driver, sending this one right and into the gallery. Again hitting through two trees, Tiger has to keep it low and he hits the green, but the ball has too much speed and it runs into the rough on the right. But, a great chip to about a foot helps Tiger save par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (20 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott has three consecutive birdies to start his back-nine and is now 13 under for the tournament. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy has moved to 7 under on the day with a birdie at 17 and is now 10 under for the tournament.

• • •

No. 5, Par 4, 394 yards

The difference for Tiger this week is that his damage hasn't just been done on par-5s, as his two birdies on Sunday are on a par-4 and par-3.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes fairway metal and smashes it up the left side of the fairway and should have a nice angle into the green. From just over 130 yards, Tiger takes 9-iron and hits a knock-down shot that doesn't sit and runs off the back of the green. He's a bit upset, thinking he was going to be close. Tiger's chip nearly drops and he taps in for par. Nice save. McDowell bogeys after hitting two bunkers and is now five shots back with Phil Mickelson.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (20 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson buries a birdie bomb up ahead on the green at No. 5 to move back to 15 under, but still trails by five. He has three birdies, a par and a bogey to start his round.

• • •

No. 4, Par 3, 193 yards

After that choppy start for Tiger, he has looked zoned in the past two holes and really thought he had that birdie putt on No. 3.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger hits an incredible tee ball here, landing it just on the fringe and it releases to about 5 feet left of the hole. And he drains the putt to move to 20 under and regains his four-shot advantage.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (20 under for tournament)

• • •

No. 3, Par 4, 438 yards

As Graeme McDowell and Phil Mickelson make a charge, it's important Tiger responds every now and again, and that birdie at No. 2 would qualify.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger pulls driver and hammers it down the throat of the fairway, outdriving McDowell by at least 30 yards. From just over 160 yards, Tiger's approach with 7-iron hits softly and will have about 10 feet for birdie from left of the hole. Aggressive despite the three-shot lead. Tiger plays his birdie putt thinking it would break right, but it stays straight and he picks up a tap-in par. McDowell also pars.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (19 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson picks up a bogey on No. 3 to fall five shots back of Tiger Woods. Steve Stricker follows suit and is now six shots back.

• • •

No. 2, Par 4, 418 yards

That was a substandard start for Tiger, and now Phil Mickelson (birdie-birdie start) and Graeme McDowell (birdie at No. 1) are within three shots of the lead.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger chooses to take a long iron off the tee, taking the bunkers on both sides out of play. Left side of the fairway for Woods. From just over 140 yards, Tiger takes sand wedge and leaves it about 18 feet under the hole. And he buries the putt for a birdie. That's a big comeback after that par at No. 1. McDowell matches the birdie to stay within three.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (19 under for tournament)

• • •

No. 1, Par 5, 529 yards

Guess what? Tiger's in red and black. No shock there. Tiger might face a bit of wind today, with forecasts calling for up to 16 mph, while there is a zero chance of rain. It's currently 75 degrees at Doral, which should be the high for the day.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes a mighty whack at his tee ball, sending it a bit right and into the rough. A violent rip at that one. Tiger has to take his second shot through two trees and immediately calls for it to slow down a bit, but it runs through the green and off the back, leaving himself a long chip. Tiger has a bad lie on that chip and hits it a bit hard, sending it off the front of the green, but has a good look at the hole from 12 feet. His chip hits the fringe and goes left past the hole and he taps in for a disappointing par. McDowell birdies to move within three of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (18 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Ahead on the first green, both Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson birdie to move to 14 under. There are 11 players that are currently 10 under or better for the tournament. There are only 65 players in the field. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy has moved to 8 under behind birdies at Nos. 10 and 11 and is 5 under on his round.

• • •

Update #2: 2:28 p.m. EST

Rory McIlroy is working on a solid round, making eagle on No. 1 and adding a birdie at No. 5 to get to the turn at 3 under for the day and 6 under for the tournament.

• • •

Update #1: 2:22 p.m. EST

Matteo Manassero has carded the round of the day thus far despite a double-bogey finish, picking up a 6-under 66 to move to 5 under for the tournament. Former World No. 1 hits the water at the 18th for the fourth consecutive day and also doubles to finish with an even-par 72 and 1 over for the tournament.

Back on No. 1, Keegan Bradley moves to 13 under with a 25-foot eagle make, moving to within five shots of Tiger Woods.

• • •

Saturday coverage

TEE TIMES: Here are the tee times and pairings for the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Pairings.

5 THINGS: Tiger Woods is in command after shooting 67 Saturday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He’ll start the final round with a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell. Story.

TRACKER: Tiger Woods ran his tournament birdie total to 24 with seven on Saturday and he'll enter Sunday leading by four shots at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. How it happened.

CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN: Tiger Woods doesn't give up 54-hole leads very often and never has given up a four-shot lead heading into Sunday. That means all pursuers are rooting for a Sunday hurricane at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, says Jeff Rude. Column.

• • •

Friday coverage

TEE TIMES: Here are the tee times and pairings for the third round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral. Pairings.

5 THINGS: Led by leader Tiger Woods, six of the top eight players on the leaderboard after Friday's second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship have won majors. That should set up an exciting weekend at Trump Doral. Here's 5 Things you need to know from Friday. Story.

TRACKER: Tiger Woods made eight birdies Friday en route to a 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. See how it happened!

HEAVYWEIGHT BATTLE: The stars have come to play at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and Tiger Woods is winning the heavyweight battle so far in Doral. Story.

FEELING IT: The last time Graeme McDowell's game and attitude were in sync like this? The 2010 U.S. Open. Feeling good, McDowell finds himself in contention at Trump Doral. Story.

• • •

Thursday coverage

OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy looks every bit the part of a "work in progress" as he's said, while playing partner and world No. 2 Tiger Woods is tied for the lead at Doral. Story.

GOING LOW: Low scores atop Doral leaderboard don't tell story for whole field after first round of WGC-Cadillac Championship. Story.

5 THINGS: Forty of 65 players in the WGC-Cadillac Championship break par, including five tied for the lead at 66, in the first round as a lack of wind leaves Doral's Blue Course exposed. Story.

TRACKER: For the second time in 2013, the Rory & Tiger Show were in full effect - this time with different storylines for each player. Tiger finished at 6 under and a share for the lead, while Rory finished the day at 1 over par. See how it happened with the Tracker.

• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

TEE TIMES: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will join Luke Donald among the big-name pairings and tee times for the first two rounds of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Thursday and Friday at Trump Doral Golf Club and Resort in Doral, Fla. Pairings.

A YEAR LATER: Tiger Woods playing well since last year's WD at Doral. Story.

5 THINGS: Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods enter Doral finding different agendas. Story.

ON THE MEND: Bubba Watson still trying to bounce back from illness. Story.

SAVING FACE: Rory McIlroy apologizes for WD at last week's Honda Classic. Story.

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