Woods takes advantage of Harrington downfall

The Associated PressAugust 10, 2009 

First came another signature moment from Tiger Woods, an 8-iron over the water that stopped a foot from the hole. Even more stunning was the meltdown that followed by Padraig Harrington.

A swift and shocking turn of events on Firestone's famous par-5 16th hole took Woods from one shot behind to a four-shot victory Sunday as he closed with a 5-under 65 to win the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Woods became the first player in PGA Tour history to win seven times on the same golf course.

Woods left himself some 170 yards over the water, and his 8-iron landed near the pin and rolled back a foot away. Harrington hit from the collar of a bunker over the 16th green, but his delicate flop shot came out hot and went into the water. He wound up with a triple-bogey 8 and closed with a 3-over 73 to share second place with Robert Allenby, who had a 66.

Also Sunday

Legends Reno-Tahoe Open: John Rollins overcame an early double bogey with a chip-in eagle, then survived a string of bogeys to shoot an even-par 72 and win in Reno, Nev., for his third career PGA Tour victory.

U.S. Women's Amateur: Jennifer Song became the second woman to win two U.S. Golf Association championships in the same year, beating Jennifer Johnson 3 and 1 in the U.S. Women's Amateur final at Old Warson in St. Louis.

Wichita Open: Chris Tidland made a 20-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Dave Schultz and Chad Collins in the Wichita, Kan.

Falls Auto Group Classic: Mina Harigae won in London, Ky., for her third Futures Tour victory of the year, closing with a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory over former Duke teammate Amanda Blumenherst and Pernilla Lindberg.

K12 Qualifier: Zachary Martin of Pinehurst, combined great putting with some local knowledge to win the Boys Division with a 5-under-par 67 at the Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines. Kayla Sciupider of Etowah, won the Girls Division with a 3-under-par 69. Both medalists will play in this week's Golf Pride Junior Classic at Pine Needles Lodge & G.C.

Full results can be found in Scoreboard on page 5C.

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