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Tiger Woods wins first golf tournament since scandal erupted

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Tiger Woods won his first golf tournament in two years Sunday when he sank a birdie putt on the 18th hole to edge Zach Johnson by one shot and capture the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.

Woods finished at 10 under par to win his own tournament, which benefits Woods' charitable foundation, for the fifth time after he and Johnson, the 2007 Masters winner, had a see-saw match throughout the round.

Woods birdied the last two holes to secure the win, his first since the world's former No. 1 golfer was engulfed in a personal scandal that erupted Thanksgiving weekend in 2009. The Chevron World Challenge is not a PGA Tour event, though, with an 18-player invitational field.

PHOTOS: Tiger wins Chevron World Challenge

It was Woods' first victory since the Australian Masters on Nov. 15, 2009, a duration that included 26 official tournaments. Less than two weeks later, Woods crashed his car on Thanksgiving night outside his Florida home amid revelations of extramarital affairs.

After being tied at seven under through the first nine holes, Woods gained a two-shot advantage with birdies at the 10th and 11th holes.

But Woods gave one back on the par-three 12th hole when he pulled a six-iron shot into a bunker and finished with a bogey four.

Johnson pulled even with Woods again with a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 13 as Woods missed a similar putt for birdie and settled for par.

Johnson made another birdie at the 16th hole, and Woods tied him again with a birdie on the par-three 17th to set up the dramatic finish.

Paul Casey, who ballooned to a first-round 79, rebounded to finish in third place at five under after shooting 69 on Sunday.

Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan finished tied for fourth at four under.

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Photo: Tiger Woods watches tee shot at third hole Sunday in Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Allan Henry/US Presswire   

Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson tied in final round in Thousand Oaks

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Zach Johnson's wobbly start helped Tiger Woods pull into a first-place tie with Johnson at eight under par early in Sunday's final round of the Chevron World Challenge

Johnson, who led Woods by one shot after 54 holes, made back-to-back bogeys on hole Nos. 3 and 4 before rebounding with a birdie at No. 5 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.

Woods, wearing his signature final-round red shirt under a black sleeveless sweater, reached eight under par after making a birdie on the par-five second hole.

"Take it home today, Tiger!" one member of the gallery yelled after Woods teed off on the sixth hole.

PHOTOS: Tiger wins Chevron World Challenge

K.J. Choi and Matt Kuchar were tied in third place at five under par.

The swirling, gusty winds that bedeviled the event's 18 players during the first three rounds — and gave Woods an especially tough time Saturday — were dormant early Sunday, although it was a chilly morning despite sunny skies.

Woods is trying to win his first tournament in two years, and he and Johnson were followed by a large contingent of photographers. More than once, Woods stepped away from his ball after cameras clicked just as he was about to tee off.

— Jim Peltz

Photo: Tiger Woods blasts out of a sand trap at the third green on Sunday during the final round of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Associated Press

Zach Johnson takes lead from Tiger Woods at Thousand Oaks

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Zach Johnson grabbed the 54-hole lead of the Chevron World Challenge from Tiger Woods in dramatic fashion Saturday when he holed out a fairway shot for an eagle two on the 18th hole.

That gave Johnson a four-under 68 for the day and a three-round total of 208, or eight under par, one shot ahead of Woods at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.

Woods, who started the day with a three-shot lead, struggled to get traction and shot a one-over-par 73 in the 18-player tournament that benefits Woods' charitable foundation.

On the final hole, Johnson was 163 yards from the pin and he hit a seven-iron that took a couple of short bounces on the green before disappearing into the cup.

The crowd lining the 18th green, many of them bundled in ski caps and gloves on a cold, windy day, erupted in cheers as Johnson raised his arms in celebration.

Starting the day four shots behind Woods, Johnson caught fire on the back nine with an eagle at the par-five 11th hole and birdies at Nos. 12 and 13. He also had a bogey six on the 16th hole.

Johnson, 35, won the Masters in 2007 but the Iowa native often has struggled the last two years; his last victory came in May 2010.

First-round leader K.J. Choi was in third place at five under par, while three golfers stood at three under: Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Zach Johnson celebrates after making eagle on the 18th hole Saturday at the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Tiger Woods maintains 3-shot lead in Chevron World Challenge

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A chip-in birdie from off the green helped Tiger Woods maintain a three-shot lead over Hunter Mahan early in Saturday's third round of the Chevron World Challenge.

After going birdie-bogey-par on the first three holes at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Woods was just off the green in the rough on the par-four fourth when his chip rolled into the cup, lifting him to nine under par for the event.

Mahan made birdies on No. 2 and No. 5 to reach six under par, and Matt Kuchar was five under.

After a morning in which frost covered much of the Jack Nicklaus-designed course, the 18-player field again battled unpredictable bursts of gusty winds on a chilly day. 

Woods, seeking his first win in two years, attacked on the opening hole, hitting his second shot on the par-four first to within three feet of the cup and making the birdie putt. But then he made bogey six on the second hole, a par five he had eagled the previous day.

Meanwhile, some other contenders promptly fell back.

First-round leader K.J. Choi bogeyed the first hole, then the South Korean made double bogey on the second hole to drop to two under par.

Rickie Fowler of Murrietta was four under when he found disaster on the par-three third hole. His tee shot went way left, he chipped over the green into a bunker and eventually made a triple-bogey six to drop to one under.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Tiger Woods walks onto the 18th green after hitting out of a bunker at the close of the second round Friday at the Chevron World Challenge. Credit:Danny Moloshok / Associated Press

Tiger Woods seizes three-shot lead halfway at Chevron Challenge

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Tiger Woods, seeking his first tournament win in two years, took a three-shot lead over K.J. Choi and Matt Kuchar at the halfway point of the Chevron World Challenge on Friday.

Woods was eight under par after making two eagles in a round of five-under-par 67 at Sherwood Country Club, where he's a four-time winner of the tournament that benefits his charitable foundation.

Kuchar, coming off a World Cup win with Gary Woodland in China, also shot 67.

Choi, the first-round leader, finished with a one-over 73 after he found disaster on the par-three 15th hole, hitting two balls into the water guarding the front of the green for quadruple-bogey seven.

Woods' tee shot on the same hole also was short and found the water, leading to a double-bogey five, yet Woods gained two shots on Choi.

A year ago, Woods had a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell at the halfway point of the Chevron World Challenge, but McDowell ultimately defeated Woods in a playoff.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Tiger Woods after hitting from the rough on the second hole during Friday's round of the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Allan Henry / US Presswire 

Zach Johnson surges but K.J. Choi keeps Chevron Challenge lead

Zach Johnson surged into contention but K.J. Choi still held a one-shot lead over Tiger Woods on Friday midway through the second round of the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks.

Woods1Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, reeled off six consecutive birdies on holes Nos. 6-11 to climb from one over par to five under at Sherwood Country Club.

That was two shots behind Choi, the first-round leader who got to eight under par Friday until he flubbed a chip shot and made bogey on the par-four ninth hole.

Tiger Woods, who started the round three shots behind Choi, got off to a fast start with an eagle at the par-five second hole and a birdie on the third hole, a par three.

But on the par-four sixth hole, Woods missed a short putt for par to drop a shot, and he was one shot behind Choi in second place heading to the 10th hole.

It was breezy at Sherwood but conditions were calmer than on Thursday, when gusty winds made club selection difficult for the field's 18  players.

-- Jim Peltz

Photo: Tiger Woods celebrates after hitting a fairway shot onto the green at the second hole Friday at the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Tiger Woods charges, but Choi still leads Chevron World Challenge

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Tiger Woods mounted an early charge, but first-round leader K.J. Choi still led Woods by one shot early in the second round of the Chevron World Challenge on Friday.

Woods eagled the second hole at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks after reaching the par five in two shots, then sank a birdie putt on the third hole to tie Choi at six under par.

Choi, the South Korean who is playing with Woods in the 18-player field's final pairing, responded with a birdie at the par-four fourth hole to regain the lead at seven under par.

Zach Johnson, meanwhile, jumped into contention with four consecutive birdies on Nos. 6, 7, 8 and 9 to climb from one over par to three under.

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Photo: Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club onFriday. Credit: Scott Halleran / Getty Images

K.J. Choi leads Tiger Woods after first round at Sherwood

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South Korean K.J. Choi ignored swirling wind gusts and shot a six-under-par 66 to take the first-round lead Thursday in the Chevron World Challenge, the tournament that benefits Tiger Woods' charitable foundation.

Woods, who started fast with four birdies on the front nine holes at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, made back-to-back bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes. But then he birdied the 17th and finished tied for second place with a three-under 69.

"Anything under par is a good day today with the wind up," said Woods, who is trying to win his first tournament in two years.

Woods' playing partner, Steve Stricker, also shot a 69 that included a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th green. Three others were tied at one under: Nick Watney, Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk, who won the tournament in 2009.

When the 18-player field teed off in pairs of two, thewinds that had invaded Southern California were mostly dormant, and Choi and Woods took advantage of the break.

Choi reeled off birdies on the first five  holes and Woods birdied four of the first five. Then, as the winds regained force, most of the golfers struggled simply to shoot par the rest of the way.

"Conditions got very difficult probably on our sixth or seventh hole," Stricker said. "The fan turned on and made club selection pretty tough."

The winds were expected to dissipate during Friday's second round.

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Photo: K.J. Choi of South Korea tees off on the sixth hole Thursday at the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

K.J. Choi leads Tiger Woods in Chevron World Challenge

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Tiger Woods birdied four of the first five holes but a red-hot K.J. Choi did Woods one better with birdies at all five to grab the early lead Thursday in the first round of the Chevron World Challenge.

Choi, a South Korean who won the Players Championship in May, went out with a five-under 31 on the front nine holes of the par-72 Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.

After a bogey at the par-four ninth hole, Woods carded a three-under 33 and trailed by two shots as he headed to the 10th tee.

Nick Watney and Steve Stricker were two under par after nine holes, while Webb Simpson and Jason Day were among those one under.

The 18-player tournament benefits Woods' charitable foundation, and the $5-million pursue includes $1.2 million to the winner. Woods has won the event four times, but he hasn't won any tournament in the last two years.

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Photo: Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the second hole Thursday in the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. Credit: Scott Halleran / Getty Images

Tiger Woods grabs early lead in Chevron World Challenge

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Tiger Woods birdied four of the first five holes Thursday to jumped out to an early first-round lead in the 13th Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.

Steve Stricker was one stroke behind Woods at three under par, while Nick Watney and Webb Simpson were two under.

Woods is a four-time winner of the 18-player tournament, which benefits his charitable foundation.

But he hasn't won a tournament of any kind in two years, a streak he's hoping to break this weekend at the Jack Nicklaus-designed, par-72 Sherwood course.

Woods has played better of late, and he carried the momentum into Thursday's round with birdies on the first, second, fourth and fifth holes.

Course conditions were mostly good, although the gusty winds plaguing the Los Angeles area also were swirling somewhat at Sherwood, which is nestled against the Santa Monica Mountains.

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 Photo: Tiger Woods. Credit: Scott Halleran / Getty Images.

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