We reported yesterday that Vijay Singh had scored ten-under in the third round of the Boston PGA Tour event, the romantically named Deutsche Bank Championship, to move from equal 17th to three shots clear in the lead.

What would be the natural conclusion to that story? Yep, you guessed it. Tiger Woods has shot an eight-under 63 in the final round (early this morning) to beat Singh by two shots and claim his seventh title of the year.

Third place was eight shots behind Woods’s dust, with Australia’s Robert Allenby, who managed an ace en route to sharing the second round lead, fourth, a further shot back.

Woods’s form is getting to be plain scary. He is building a fair case to be regarded as the best sportsperson on the planet. Today he came out and scored two eagles and two birdies in the first seven holes to remind Singh that it would be a long afternoon.

And get this: Woods has not lost since he won the British Open back in July. In a sport where regular Top Ten finishes are regarded as a worthy achievement, this guy is winning every single week. Today’s victory takes his winning streak to five straight tournaments, having tied for second in the event before the British Open. His five straight wins include two majors, as he also won the US PGA title.

It’s no wonder that Sports Illustrated is only now interested in Woods’s chase of Jack Nicklaus’s majors record to become the best ever. Columnist Gary Van Sickle writes that it’s hardly a matter of “if”, only “when”, writing: “How long before he catches Jack? Well, the soonest would be at the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines and that would happen only if Woods wins all four majors next year and the first two in ’08, which would be a string of eight straight. No one is that good … uh, probably.”

After today, his argument is looking better all the time.

Peter Fray

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