AKRON, Ohio -- Vijay Singh overcame a shaky putter on the back nine by making a 3½-foot par putt on the 18th hole Sunday to close with 2-under-par 68 for a one-shot victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Singh won his first World Golf Championship and ended an 0-for-34 drought on the PGA Tour that dated to the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March 2007, his longest stretch without winning in six years.
But he had to work harder than he wanted. Singh missed four putts inside 8 feet over the final 11 holes, but he made the ones that mattered. He made a 4-footer for par on the 17th to stay in the lead, and his final putt swirled into the cup to avoid a playoff with Lee Westwood (69) and Stuart Appleby (68).
Phil Mickelson had a one-shot lead until he had bogeys on three of his last four holes. He shot 70 and tied for fourth, two shots back of Singh.
Singh, who had fallen out of the top 10 in the world during his drought, now is expected to move up to No. 4.
Augusta native Charles Howell shot 2-over-par 72. Evans resident Vaughn Taylor also shot 72, while fellow Augusta State alum, Oliver Wilson, had 68. All finished tied for 27th at even-par.