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Woods stretches winning streak to five

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  • Tiger Woods wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke from Bart Bryant
  • World number one clinches victory with a 24-foot birdie putt on the final hole
  • It is his fifth straight PGA Tour triumph and eighth win in nine events worldwide
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ORLANDO, Florida -- Tiger Woods sank a 24-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, extending his PGA Tour winning streak to five straight tournaments.

Woods donned his traditional final day red to claim his fifth PGA Tour straight win.

The 13-time major winner fired a final round four-under 66 to reach 10-under 270 overall and beat fellow American Bart Bryant (67) by one stroke.

Woods produced another piece of brilliance by hitting his approach shot to 24-feet at the par-four 18th.

He then sank the curling putt to edge Bryant at Bay Hill.

It continued the world number one's remarkable run of form since claiming the WGC Bridgestone Invitational last August with eight victories and a runners-up spot.

Seven of the wins have come on the PGA Tour, including major success at the PGA Championship.

The other came in February at the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour and the statistic does not take into account his winning of the Target World Challenge, an unofficial event in December.

The latest triumph is his 63rd victory on the PGA Tour, tied for third on the all-time list with Ben Hogan, behind only Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus.

"It's just like when I beat Phil (Mickelson) here a few years ago, only this time it was a bit deeper in the green," Woods said of his winning putt.

"I had to at least make par to get in a play-off and lo and behold I made (birdie). That's pretty good."

Bryant, who started the day in a five-way tie for the lead with a group including Woods, carded 67 to finish alone in second place on nine-under, with Vijay Singh, Cliff Kresge and Sean O'Hair equal third on seven-under.

"I was pretty hopeless sitting there in the trailer, but I did what I thought I was supposed to do, which was put the pressure back on Tiger to make the play. He has a habit of making it when he needs to," Bryant said.

Only two players other than Woods have won at least six consecutive times on the PGA Tour - Byron Nelson (11) and Ben Hogan (six).

"Out here on tour, we understand what he's doing, the magnitude of it," Bryant said. "I think the golf public in general doesn't get it, to be honest with you.

"It's just incredible. What he did today is another piece of evidence of this weird zone he's in, and he's been in like his whole life. I don't know how to explain it." E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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