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Tiger roars at Firestone; secures 79th title

Tiger Woods got ready for this week's PGA Championship in the best possible way with a comfortable and dominant seven-shot victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.

Signing off with level-par 70 for his final round at Firestone Country Club, Woods left onlookers in no doubt of the result at one of his favourite venues having blasted the field apart as early as Friday with a stunning nine-under-par 61.

The 14-time major winner then continued to play virtually flawless golf on the way to a 15-under total of 265 and a 79th PGA Tour title, just three off Sam Snead's all-time record.

"I don't know what it is, it just fits my eye," Woods said. "Just because it fits your eye it doesn't mean you're going to play well but for some reason it just comes out and I have put it together.

"Today I was conservative, just trying to make pars. I figured the highest score I could shoot was 70 and that would force the guys to shoot 63 or 62 and I just felt this was a perfect day to protect. The conditions were blustery and tough and it was hard to shoot a low number but it was easy to shoot a number around par."

This victory, now Woods's fifth in just 11 starts for the year, keeps the 37-year-old ahead of the pack when it comes to PGA Tour titles this year, but it's likely he'd trade them all to end his major drought since the 2008 US Open.

With the PGA Championship starting on Thursday, he has an immediate chance to bring that five year slump to an end.

"I'm really looking forward to it. I feel like my game is pretty consistent. That's one of the things I've noticed this year is that I have hit it pretty good most of the year and weeks I've putted well I've been able to win so it's been pretty good so far."

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