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Tiger Woods attributes Miami victory to 'hard work'

Updated: Monday, 11 Mar 2013 10:46 | Comments

Tiger Woods poses with the Gene Sarazen Cup after his two-stroke victory
Tiger Woods poses with the Gene Sarazen Cup after his two-stroke victory

Tiger Woods believes the hard work he puts in off the course makes winning easier after securing his biggest victory since 2009.

The former world number one won the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami after finishing on 19 under.

Woods finished two shots clear of Steve Striker, while Graeme McDowell, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia finished on 14 under.

The final round saw a welcome return to form for world number one Rory McIlroy who finished eighth after a 65.

Woods admitted the hard work meant he was able to be in contention after 54 holes.

He said: "I enjoy being there. That's why I work my tail off and to lift all those weights, hit all those balls and spend those countless hours out there is to be in that position.

"That's why I prepare so hard, is to be there. I enjoy being there."

"That's why I prepare so hard, is to be there. I enjoy being there" - Tiger Woods

McDowell said he was happy with the way he was playing after staying in contention well into the final day.

He said: "All in all, I'm ecstatic the way I'm playing.

"The way I drove it this week, my iron play, just everything, really.

"The putter let me down the last couple days, but that's been a part of my game that's been extremely strong the last couple weeks, so no complaints."

McIlroy had come in for intense scrutiny after poor recent performances and was glad to shoot a final round 65.

He said: "I probably wear my heart on my sleeve a bit with my golf. If I have a bad round, it's sort of like the end of the world, but if I play a good one, I'm happy again.

"You know, that's just the way it goes. I was pretty down about my game coming into this week, but a few days like I've played, you know, it does my confidence a world of good."

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