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Golf: Woods claims first victory in 10 months

TIGER WOODS shook off a shaky opening nine holes and held off a steady challenge from Jay Don Blake to win the BellSouth Classic by one stroke on Sunday, ending a 10-month winless drought on the PGA tour.

Woods, who had not won since taking the Western Open last July, led Blake by three shots entering the final round after setting a new course-record 63 on Saturday. He went on to shoot an even-par 72 and finished off at 271, 17-under-par.

This victory moves Woods back to top spot in the world golf rankings issued yesterday, overhauling South Africa's Ernie Els who slips down to second place.

The win ended a string of 15 PGA tournaments without a win for Woods, who won six of the first 21 events he entered as a professional.