DORAL, Fla. -- It was never really a matter of if on Sunday, but by how much.
In the end, the difference was only a couple of strokes after Tiger Woods shot a 1-under at TPC Blue Monster to win the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.
But Woods' latest victory was one of his most impressive.
He made 27 birdies for the week and on Sunday led by as many as five strokes before bogeys on two of his last three holes made the margin closer.
Steve Stricker, who gave Woods a putting lesson earlier in the week, finished second.
"Thank you, Steve, for the putting lessson," Woods said. "It was one of those weeks when I felt good about how i was playing."
It marks the second victory of the season for Woods, who also won at Torrey Pines, and the fifth in his last 19 stroke-play events dating back to last year's Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
It is also his 17th career World Golf Championships title and the 76th PGA TOUR title of his career, moving him to within six of all-time leader Sam Snead.
Woods also moves to second in the FedExCup standings and with a victory at Bay Hill in two weeks would return to No. 1 in the world.