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After 6th straight PGA Tour win, Woods takes break

Good news for the rest of golf: Tiger Woods is going on vacation.

A streak that began 10 weeks ago on the sun-baked links of Hoylake reached six straight PGA Tour victories on the rain-drenched fairways north of London yesterday when Woods went wire-to-wire in the American Express Championship. He became the first player in Tour history to win at least eight times in three seasons.

Threatened only by the weather that twice delayed the inevitable, Woods closed with a 4-under-par 67 for an eight-shot victory over Adam Scott and Ian Poulter.

``He's dominating the game," Scott said. ``It's not the first time he's done it, either."

The trophy in hand, Woods had one foot in a courtesy car that was ready to take him away when he took a few questions from the BBC. After playing seven times in the last nine weeks, he was eager to get home to Florida.

``I'm getting away for a little bit," Woods said. ``As far as golf, I've had enough of it for a while."

This might have been his most dominating performance since the streak began at the British Open in July, and not just because the eight-shot victory was his largest margin since winning by 11 at the 2003 Bay Hill Invitational.

Woods had such control over his game that he was third in driving distance and fifth in driving accuracy, missing only 12 fairways all week. During one stretch, he hit 36 consecutive greens in regulation, a streak that ended when his approach on the 12th drifted left and into a bunker for his only bogey of the final round.

One other streak ended on the last hole of the tournament -- it was the first time all week he failed to make eagle on the 567-yard closing hole at The Grove. His chip from just short of the green scooted by the cup and stopped a few feet away for a tap-in birdie that put him at 23-under 261.

``This was a fun week," he said. ``I hit the ball really well -- all 72 holes, really. It's fun when you can control your golf ball that well."

PGA -- D.J. Trahan won the Southern Farm Bureau Classic for his first Tour victory, birdieing the par-5 18th hole three straight times in a playoff to hold off Joe Durant.

Trahan won with a 5-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole after closing with a 1-under 71 to match Durant (66) at 13-under 275 in Madison, Miss. Trahan holed the winning putt after Durant missed a 5-footer.

Champions -- Andy Bean won the Greater Hickory Classic for his first Tour title, two-putting for birdie from 25 feet to beat R.W. Eaks on the first hole of a playoff.

Bean closed with a 4-under 68 to match Eaks (65) at 15-under 201 in Conover, N.C., and force the first playoff in tournament history.

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