Woods provides some late fireworks to finish on a high

Sydney: Tiger Woods provided some fireworks over his closing holes to shoot his best round of the week, a six-under-par 65, at the Australian Masters on Sunday.

The 34-year-old American, who had entered the final round 10 shots behind leader Adam Bland, went into the Victoria Golf Club clubhouse just three back of the Australian, who was one over for the day after 11 holes for a total of 10-under-par.

Bland`s playing partner Daniel Gaunt and fellow Australian Stuart Appleby were tied for second at eight under.

Woods, who was reportedly paid a $3 million appearance fee, produced some excitement down the stretch, highlighted by an eagle two at the par-four 15th, a birdie on the par-five 17th and an eagle three on the par-five 18th to finish on seven-under 277.

Woods last won a title when he claimed the gold jacket at nearby Kingston Heath on Melbourne`s sandbelt a year ago, shortly before stories about his personal life developed into a storm that wrecked his marriage, tarnished his clean-cut image and caused him to take a break from golf.

Short of a dramatic collapse by the players still out on the course, he will almost certainly end the year without a title for the first time since he turned professional in 1996.

Bureau Report

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