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61 gives Tiger 5th Slam title

©Associated Press
November 28, 2002

POIPU BEACH, Hawaii -- Tiger Woods surprised even himself Wednesday.

Woods continued his dominance at the Grand Slam of Golf, winning the event for the fifth straight time with a tournament-record round of 11-under 61.

Woods, this year's Masters and U.S. Open champion, finished with a record 17 under par to win by 14 strokes over Justin Leonard and Davis Love III. Wednesday's score also broke the tournament and course record at the 7,081-yard oceanside Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai.

"I was surprised at a couple shots I hit out there," he said. "I really couldn't mis-hit a shot today. Every shot I hit was right in the middle of the face."

The 61 tied Woods' best for an 18-hole tournament round.

Love shot 69, while Leonard closed with 72 in the 36-hole event for this year's major champions. PGA champion Rich Beem finished last at 1-over 145 after a 73.

With Woods winning two majors and British Open champion Ernie Els withdrawing from the event, Love and Leonard gained invitations based on their finishes in those majors.

"What a phenomenal round Tiger played, and it was a lot of fun watching him," Beem said. "It's amazing how when somebody gets on a roll like he got on today, how fun it is to watch somebody, because everything clicks. The golf ball was just going right at the target all day."

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