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A Shot... And a Save
GARY VAN SICKLE
September 17, 2007
Playing his best golf of the year by far, Tiger Woods closed with a brilliant 63 to not only win the BMW Championship but also quiet the critics going into the homestretch of the FedEx Cup playoffs
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September 17, 2007

A Shot... And A Save

Playing his best golf of the year by far, Tiger Woods closed with a brilliant 63 to not only win the BMW Championship but also quiet the critics going into the homestretch of the FedEx Cup playoffs

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THE PUTT sent shock waves all the way back to the tee, where Strieker and Baddeley were watching. Strieker promptly made his worst swing of the week and pushed a three-iron into the trees and made bogey.

No one could stay with Woods, who looked particularly good with his driver (BIG PLAY, page G9). Using a smoother swing and a more upright posture, he hit 80% of the fairways, including 26 of 28 on the weekend. (If Woods can drive it like that in the majors next year, well, that's a recipe for domination.) He also ranked third in putting and fourth in greens hit in regulation. The BMW might've been another Tiger rout if not for Baddeley and Strieker, who shot the two lowest scores (264 and 266, respectively) in the tournament's history—after Tiger's 22--under 262.

"The way Stricks and Badds were playing behind us, I had to be more aggressive," Woods said. "I was four under through nine holes [on Sunday] and didn't have the lead, so I had to keep making birdies."

When Woods walked into the pressroom later, he came up behind Strieker and gave him a friendly pat on the rear, then a handshake, a hug and some words of praise. Despite what you may have heard, Woods did not spank Strieker. That he reserves for entire tournament fields. Sixty times so far, and counting.

Follow this week's FedEx Cup finale at GOLF.com

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