Lucky No. 17 Gets Tiger Into Match Play Final

Clutch birdie putt sets up all-US championship with Cink
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2008 6:15 PM CST
Lucky No. 17 Gets Tiger Into Match Play Final
Henrick Stenson, of Sweden, chips on the 7th hole during his match against Tiger Woods, in their match in the semifinals of the Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt York)   (Associated Press)

Tiger Woods lucky number has been 17 all week. It paid off again today when he sank a crucial birdie on No. 17 to beat defending champion Henrik Stenson 2-up in the World Golf Championship's Match Play Championship. Woods moved on to tomorrow's final against Stewart Cink, who beat Justin Leonard in the other semifinal.

Woods won in the first round when he sank a 35-foot eagle putt on No. 17. Aaron Baddeley just missed a clinching eagle putt on No. 17 that would have eliminated Woods Friday. Woods never trailed against against Stenson, but the match was tied after 16 before the birdie putt. This is the sixth time in 10 years two Americans play in the 36-hole final. (More PGA stories.)

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