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Counting down Tiger Woods’ seven victories at Firestone

Jonathan Wall
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If there's one golf event that should consider changing its name to the "Tiger Woods Invitational," it's the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Over the past 12 years, Woods has dominated the tournament, winning a record seven times in 11 starts at Firestone Country Club -- an unfathomable number of wins at one tournament site.

Here's a rundown of every Woods victory:

1999 (10-under): Despite holding a three-shot leading going into the final round, Woods had to withstanding a furious charge from Phil Mickelson on the final day to win his first WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

2000 (21-under): Woods waxed the field by an eye-popping 11 shots, shot 61 in the second round, set a 72-hole tournament record, and hit his approach shot on the final hole to one foot ... in the dark. The shot is one of the most memorable of his career.

2001 (12-under): After getting used to taking the 54-hole lead into the final round, Woods came from two shots back to defeat Jim Furyk in a seven-hole playoff that included a hole-out from the bunker for Furyk, and a stuffed approach shot on the seventh hole from Woods that sealed the three-peat.

2005 (6-under): Tied with Kenny Perry going into the final round, Woods fired a pedestrian 1-over 71 to captures his ninth World Golf Championship title, and start another run of three consecutive victories at Firestone.

2006 (10-under): Woods defeated Stewart Cink on the fourth hole of a playoff. Cink held a one-shot lead on Sunday but couldn't handle the rain that plagued the tournament all day. The victory was Woods' fourth in a row during the 2006 season, and marked a stretch of eight consecutive wins that ended at the 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play.

2007 (8-under): Once again, Woods came back from a one-shot deficit to win his sixth WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, firing a 5-under 65 that turned the tournament into an eight-shot route.

2009 (12-under): One of his more memorable Bridgestone wins, Woods erased Padraig Harrington's three-shot lead in the final round, hitting precision irons shots that set the stage for a scintillating head-to-head battle on the back nine. However, rules official John Paramour changed the game, putting Harrington and Woods on the clock on the 16th hole. Harrington ended up rushing to finish the hole, knocking his third in the water and carding a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5.  Woods won the tournament by three shots.

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