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McDowell Beats Tiger

McDowell Beats Tiger - U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell capped off his greatest year by putting together the greatest comeback ever against Tiger Woods in the Chevron World Challenge.

Woods looked as though he would recover from losing a four-shot lead Sunday when he stuffed his approach to inside 3 feet on the 18th hole, but McDowell knocked in a 20-foot birdie putt that forced a playoff.

On the first extra hole, McDowell again made a birdie putt from 20 feet. This time, Woods couldn't match him. His 15-foot birdie putt slid by on the right, and Woods ended a calendar year without winning.

Woods had never lost a tournament as a pro when leading by at least three shots going into the final round.

It was the first playoff in the 12-year history of the Chevron World Challenge.

Replaying the 18th hole, McDowell earned another birdie while Woods had to settle for a par. McDowell shot a 3-under 69 in the final round and finished at 16 under. The win gave McDowell his fourth title of the year. He also was this year's U.S. Open champion.

His second-place finish means Woods finishes the 2010 season without a title, the first time he's been winless since joining the PGA Tour in 1996.

Woods had a four-stroke lead heading into the final day's action at the tournament he hosts, but he couldn't make that edge hold up. He matched two birdies with two bogeys in the first five holes, then dropped out of the lead with a double-bogey 7 on the par-5 13th hole. He shot a 1-over 73 in regulation before winning in the playoff.

McDowell Beats Tiger

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