Tiger Woods played safe and smart, parring 16 holes in an even-par 70 on Sunday to coast to a seven-shot victory at the Bridgestone Invitational -- his eighth win at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

"As blustery as it was, it was going to be really hard for someone to shoot 62 or 63," said Woods, who won $1.5 million. "If I didn't give any shots away and played my game and shot even par or better, I'd force these guys to go and shoot something super low on a course that wasn't going to give it up under these conditions."

As he walked to the scorer's trailer to finalize his score, he scooped up young son Charlie.

"This is the first win he's ever been at. It's special," Woods said.

Daughter Sam was on hand when Woods won the U.S. Open in 2008 at Torrey Pines, before his personal life imploded.

After a second-round 61, Woods ended up at 15-under 265 to easily beat defending champion Keegan Bradley (67) and Henrik Stenson (70).

Earlier this year, Woods won at Bay Hill for the eighth time, matching Sam Snead's PGA Tour record for titles in an event. Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times.

As if he weren't already the favorite this week in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill, the lopsided win reinforced it.

"He kind of punctured this tournament Friday," Stenson said. "He did what he needed to do today."

Woods has five tour wins this year and 79 overall, three shy of Snead's record. "The total body of work is pretty good," Woods said.

LPGA Tour: Stacy Lewis was three shots behind with three holes to play but never lost hope at the Women's British Open.

Facing the scariest shot on the Old Course at St. Andrews -- the approach at 17 (famous Road Hole) -- Lewis hit a low 5-iron into a right-to-left wind, and the ball ended up 3 feet from the pin.

Then, she used putter from 40 yards short of the 18th green, through the Valley of Sin to 25 feet. Lewis made that putt, a birdie-birdie finish that gave her her second major title. She closed with an even-par 72 for a two-shot win over second-round leader Na Yeon Choi and Hee Young Park.

"It's unbelievable," Lewis said. "It all happened so fast at the end."

It was over early for Inbee Park and her bid to become the first pro golfer to win four straight majors in a season. Returning to complete 14 holes of her third round, she went 74-78 and was 14 shots back.

"I'm really relieved," Park said. "It's tough to be in the center of everything for a week, and I feel exhausted."

The wind wasn't as bad as Saturday, when 40 mph gusts suspended play and forced 20 players go to 36 holes Sunday, including Lewis and Choi. Lewis finished at 8-under 280, including a third-round 69. She won $402,584. Choi shot 75-73.

  • Michelle Wie and Gerina Piller were captain's picks for the Solheim Cup. "Michelle was a no-brainer," U.S. captain Meg Mallon said. The U.S.-Europe event is Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club. Other U.S. members are Lewis, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Jessica Korda, Lexi Thompson, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel and Lizette Salas.

    PGA Tour: Gary Woodland holed a 58-foot chip for one of his four birdies and won the Reno-Tahoe Open. Woodland, who earned $540,000, finished with 44 points in the modified Stableford format. Jonathan Byrd and Andres Romero tied for second with 35 points at Montreux Golf Club.

    Champions Tour: Tom Pernice Jr. closed with two birdies for a 4-under 68 and a one-shot win over Jeff Sluman (62) and Corey Pavin (66) at the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn. Pernice finished at 17-under 199 and won $262,500.

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