CHANDLER’S CROSS, England – Good news for the rest of golf: Tiger Woods is going on vacation.

A streak that began 10 weeks ago on the sun-baked links of Hoylake reached six straight PGA Tour victories on the rain-drenched fairways north of London on Sunday when Woods went wire-to-wire in the American Express Championship. He became the first player in tour history to win at least eight times in three seasons.

Threatened only by the weather that twice delayed the inevitable, Woods closed with a 4-under 67 for an eight-shot victory over Adam Scott and Ian Poulter.

“He’s dominating the game,” Scott said. “It’s not the first time he’s done it, either.”

The trophy in hand, Woods had one foot in a courtesy car that was ready to take him away when he took a few questions from the BBC. After playing seven times in the last nine weeks, he was eager to get home to Florida.

“I’m getting away for a little bit,” Woods said. “As far as golf, I’ve had enough of it for a while.”

This might have been his most dominating performance since the streak began at the British Open in July, and not just because the eight-shot victory was his largest margin since winning by 11 at the 2003 Bay Hill Invitational.

Woods had such control over his game that he was third in driving distance and fifth in driving accuracy, missing only 12 fairways all week. And during one stretch, he hit 36 consecutive greens in regulation, a streak that ended when his approach on the 12th hole drifted left and into a bunker for his only bogey of the final round.

One other streak ended on the last hole of the tournament – it was the first time all week he failed to make eagle on the 567-yard closing hole at The Grove. His chip from just short of the green scooted by the cup and stopped a few feet away for a tap-in birdie that put him at 23-under 261.

“This was a fun week,” he said. “I hit the ball really well – all 72 holes, really. It’s fun when you can control your golf ball that well.”

Trahan wins first title

MADISON, Miss. – D.J. Trahan won the Southern Farm Bureau Classic for his first PGA Tour victory Sunday, birdieing the par-5 18th hole three straight times in a playoff to hold off Joe Durant.

Trahan won with a 5-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole after closing with a 1-under 71 to match Durant (66) at 13-under 275 on the Annandale Golf Club course. Trahan holed the winning putt after Durant missed a 5-footer of his own.

Trahan, the second-year tour player who led after each of the first three rounds, earned $540,000 and a two-year PGA Tour exemption. He entered the week 142nd on the money list with $474,242.

The 25-year-old former Clemson star started play Sunday with a two stroke lead, and offset two bogeys on the front nine with an eagle on No. 5.

Then, after spending most of the day dueling with third-place finisher Lee Janzen, Trahan saw Durant slip into the mix. Durant, who shot a 74 on Saturday, shook off two bogeys with eight birdies, the last two on Nos. 16 and 18.

Trahan is the second player to win the Southern Farm Bureau Classic wire-to-wire, and the first to go wire-to-wire to win for the first time on the tour since Tim Herron in the 1996 Honda Classic.

Janzen, a two-time U.S. Open winner, closed with a 70.

He’s playing on a one-time tour exemption based on his position in the top 50 on the career money list. He finished out of the top 125 last year for the first time since joining the tour in 1990 and with four events left is in danger of missing it again this year. That would cost him his tour exemption, meaning he would have to return to qualifying school or rely on sponsor’s exemptions.

After missing 15 cuts in 23 tournaments, Janzen entered this tournament 202nd place on the money list with $142,842 – $425,955 behind 125th-place Omar Uresti.

Janzen stayed near the top all day, making it a three-way tie on No. 12, only to be done in by a bogey on 17 when he went into the water. Janzen earned $204,000 Sunday.

J.P. Hayes (68) finished fourth at 11 under.

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