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Woods closes out year with a 7-shot victory

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Ten weeks later, nothing has changed with Tiger Woods and the rest of golf.

Woods won the final golf tournament of the year Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 to match the tournament record at the Target World Challenge and set a record for the largest margin of victory, by seven shots over Masters champion Zach Johnson.

Woods had not played since Sept. 30 at the Presidents Cup, but he didn't show much rust in winning his tournament for the fourth time and becoming the first player to win in consecutive years.

"Doesn't help us, does it?" Colin Montgomerie said of Woods' long break. "If he took a bloody year off, it would help. Never mind 10 weeks."

Johnson closed with a 68, but the only challenge came from Jim Furyk.

Furyk got within two shots after nine holes, but the tournament changed abruptly on the 10th. Woods holed a 12-foot birdie putt, and Furyk three-putted for bogey from 4 feet on a downhill putt.

"Jimmy put a ton of heat on me the front nine," Woods said. "The whole tournament switched on the 10th. That was a big two-shot swing there."

Woods finished at 22-under 266, tying the tournament record first set by Davis Love III in 2000. He earned $1.35 million, which he will donate to his Tiger Woods Foundation. Johnson, shut out at his first Skins Game last month, earned $840,000 for second. Furyk closed with a 71 and finished third, earning $570,000.

• COLLEGE SOCCER -- In Cary, N.C., Zack Schilawski scored the winning goal in his return to his hometown, lifting Wake Forest to a 2-1 victory over Ohio State in the NCAA College Cup championship.

Schilawski snapped a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 77th minute to help his team win the first NCAA men's soccer title in school history.

The second-seeded Demon Deacons (22-2-2), who had been 0-2-1 when trailing at halftime this season, rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit.

Fifth-seeded Ohio State (17-4-5), which was playing in the College Cup for the first time in school history, entered the game undefeated when scoring first this season and unbeaten when leading at halftime. But the Buckeyes couldn't hold on after Roger Espinoza gave them a lead with a goal in the 13th minute.

Marcus Tracy scored the equalizer for Wake Forest in the 66th minute, his 11th goal of the season and third of the College Cup.

• The Winthrop men's soccer team had five players selected to the NSCAA/adidas All-Region teams.

Daniel Revivo, a junior forward from Richmond Hill, Ontario, was the only player named to the first team. Revivo led the Eagles in scoring with 13 goals and four assists.

Seniors John Gilkerson and Saidi Isaac, junior Otto Loewy and sophomore Stephen Nsereko were named to the second team.

Gilkerson and Loewy helped anchor one of the top defenses nationally, allowing 0.68 goals per game and finished the season ranked No. 14.

Isaac was second in scoring with 12 goals and five assists. Nsereko led the team with seven assists.

Gilkerson, Isaac, Nsereko and Revivo were also named to the First Team All-Big South. Loewy was a second team selection.

The five selections were the most of any team in the region and the most Winthrop has ever placed on the All-Region teams. Winthrop also led the Big South with five first team selections.

• FOOTBALL -- The Arena Bowl, which came to New Orleans last summer as part of the Arena Football League's efforts to help the city recover from Hurricane Katrina, is returning next summer.

This time, officials said, they're coming back because it makes good business sense.

"It's great to have that blind date the first time, but you know you're serious if you go out again," AFL commissioner David Baker said during Sunday's announcement that Arena Bowl 22 would be in New Orleans.

"We were impressed," Baker said. "Everybody who was here thought it was a success."

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