Playing in a howling wind and rain squalls, Woods captured the PGA Grand Slam of Golf on Wednesday by defeating PGA Championship winner Vijay Singh 2-up.
"It was a rough day," Woods said after slogging over Kauai's Poipu Bay Resort Course in the match play competition. "Conditions were awfully hard, very difficult, very demanding.
"You had to be very patient, execute the shots you had to execute and keep your patience. Today was one of those days if you lose your patience, you lose the match very quickly."
Woods' patience was evident in his bid for the top prize of $400,000. He didn't lead until the 15th hole and he didn't clinch the tournament until the 17th when he rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt.
Singh still had an opportunity on the closing hole, a downwind 550-yard par 5, but his second shot bounced into the Pacific ocean, while Woods laid up.
U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen, who lost to Woods on Tuesday, didn't take the lead until the 17th hole, but it was enough to earn a 1-up victory over Mark O'Meara for third place in the exclusive four-man tournament. It was worth $200,000.
"It was a pretty rough day," Singh said. "You had to try to pick the right club, and with the wind that strong, it was hard to keep your balance."
Club selection was a nightmare, he said.
"I had trouble quite a few times," Singh said. "For 160 yards upwind, I hit a 3-iron. And then downwind, I used a pitching wedge from 180 yards. It didn't make sense. But like Tiger said, you had to be patient."
There was no opportunity to develop a rhythm.
"It was one of those days and one of those matches when the flow really isn't going to be there because the conditions dictate it," Woods said. "If it's calm and you can get two, three or four birdies in a row, then you get into a flow and rhythm.
"Here, you're playing in the wind, downwind, crosswind. It's really hard to get into any kind of rhythm. Today, I tried not to look ahead and execute each shot one at a time and then go from there."
He added, "It was just a matter of hanging in there. I knew I was going to make mistakes; I knew Vijay was going to make some mistakes.
"It was just that conditions were so rough that it was going to happen. I just had to hang in there, hang in there and hopefully make a couple of putts down the stretch."
The event is designed for the winners of the four Grand Slam tournaments, but since O'Meara won two of them, Woods was invited to fill the four-man field.
The win made Woods the second alternate to win the $1 million tournament. Greg Norman, thanks to a double victory by Nick Price, won the 1994 Grand Slam event.
In the third-place match, O'Meara, who won the Masters and British Open, built a two-hole lead with seven holes to play. However, he went bogey-bogey on the next two holes to square the match and then lost it on the 17th.
"I was 2-down after 11 and he missed a relatively short putt on 12 for par (6 feet)," Janzen said. "He 3-putted 13, so, if anything, he opened the door for me."