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It's hula dancing and lei all round as Woods wins again


It started shaky but ended the same way for Tiger Woods -- surrounded by hula dancers on the 18th green, wearing a floral lei and posing with a trophy.

Woods rallied to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf for a record seventh straight time, closing with a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Wednesday to beat Jim Furyk by two strokes.

The British Open and PGA champion, who started the day three shots behind Furyk, finished the 36-hole tournament with an 8-under 136 total to earn US$500,000, giving him more than US$3 million in career Grand Slam winnings.

"I certainly played better than I did yesterday," Woods said. "Gave myself some chances. ... Overall, I really hit the ball crisp and clear today, which was nice."

Furyk, the world's No. 2 golfer behind Woods, closed with a 71 to take home US$300,000.

US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy (74) was six strokes back and earned US$250,000. Mike Weir (74) was last at 1 over and made US$200,000.

Woods has owned Poipu, also winning in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005. He finished second to Ernie Els in 1997 in his only other appearance in the event.

Last year, Woods closed with a 64 to win by seven strokes over Phil Mickelson, despite losing 3kg because of a stomach virus.

Furyk opened with a 67 for a one-stroke lead over Ogilvy and a three-stroke lead over Woods. But he wasn't able to apply any pressure on his opponents, missing several fairways.

"I wasn't firing on all cylinders and not swinging at it nearly as well as I would like to," Furyk said.

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