Woods Comes from Behind for 5th Straight Tour Win Golfer Tiger Woods has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one shot. It extends his PGA Tour win streak to five and keeps his perfect season intact. Woods is now tied for third place on the all-time win list with one of the greats, Ben Hogan.
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Woods Comes from Behind for 5th Straight Tour Win

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Woods Comes from Behind for 5th Straight Tour Win

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From Orlando, Florida, NPR's Tom Goldman reports.

TOM GOLDMAN: Woods slammed his black hat down on the ground and did some happy bellowing himself. All week he had complained about the condition of the greens, which had been damaged recently by microscopic worms. But on that last winning putt, Woods says the 18th green cooperated, basically by funneling the ball to the spot Woods wanted.

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TIGER WOODS: And I hit the putt. I knew the pace was going to be good, whether or not the grain took it or not. And waited a long time for the grain to take that putt, but once it did it went straight and right in the hole.

GOLDMAN: Bart Bryant heard the roar while he was signing his card in the scoring trailer. He smiled, shook his head, and emerged as just the latest PGA player with Tiger tracks on his back.

BART BRYANT: I tried hard, and he's a hard guy to take, you know. When the chips are down he just has a clever way of making the shot when he has to or making an incredible putt, or both.

GOLDMAN: In fact, the shot that came right before the putt on 18 had Woods celebrating with his caddy in the fairway. It was a five-iron into a suddenly frisky breeze. He talked about it at a press conference after his victory.

WOODS: You have to understand. I hadn't hit the ball that well in the last three days, and then to have that shot with everything on the line - to hit a shot, give myself a putt at it, I was so fired up I hit that shot the way I wanted to.

GOLDMAN: Woods 64th PGA victory tied him with the late golfing legend Ben Hogan, but that wasn't the only connection between the two. Woods said after his victory, I turned a mediocre tournament into a good one. And he believes the way he did it - tinkering, constantly doing practice swings after errant shots - would've made Hogan proud.

WOODS: That's the whole idea of understanding your game, so you can fix it on the fly. I made some good adjustments yesterday when I was playing. Today I could feel something coming on and made a quick adjustment and I got back to dialed in again, which felt great.

GOLDMAN: Tom Goldman, NPR News, Orlando.

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