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Woods earns first victory since scandal

Dec. 4, 2011 at 7:21 PM
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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods Sunday notched his first win since he was hit by extramarital scandals following a 2009 car crash, taking the Chevron World Challenge in California.

Woods, who hosts the benefit event, used birdies on the final two holes to complete a round of 3-under-par 69, overtaking third-round leader Zack Johnson and winning by one stroke at Sherwood Country Club.

It was Woods' first win since the 2009 Australian Masters, which came 12 days before a car crash outside his Florida home triggered a firestorm of revelations about his extramarital affairs and ultimately to his divorce.

Woods has only posted eight Top-10 finishes in his 27 starts since then, in the meantime losing sponsorships, switching coaches and firing longtime caddy Steve Williams.

He finished 72 holes at 10-under 278, while Johnson (1-under 71) ended one shot back at minus-9.

Paul Casey (69) earned sole possession of third at minus-5. Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar (each 71) finished knotted in fifth one shot further back.

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