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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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--Jim Peltz

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

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