AT&T National @ Congressional, Tiger Woods Wins July 01 2012
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Tiger Woods became the first three-time US PGA Tour winner this season with this triumph in the AT&T National at Congressional County Club on Sunday in Bethesda Maryland. It is also tour win number 74 for Tiger, which has moved him past Jack Nicklaus and into second place on the Tour list, now just eight victories short of the current record set by Sam Snead. Sam won a record 82 PGA Tour events including seven Majors, his last win was 1965 at the Greater Greensboro Open.
Tiger and Bo were caught in a battle royal together on another sweltering day at Congressional, and it looked as though Woods wobbled first, until Van Pelt somehow managed to match him with mistakes of his own. Tiger closed with a -2 under 69 and won by two shots when Bo Van Pelt finished the last hole with his third straight bogey and had to settle for a 71. Looks like Bo eventually succumbed to the pressure of playing alongside Tiger, all he had to do was hit a regular six iron into the green and two putt for a birdie when Tiger had already wasted a shot just to get on the fairway at 16. Bo missed, and now the rest is history, the same history we have witnessed before, Tiger did not win so much as Bo failed to take the initiative when it was required. Tiger finished with a last round score of -2 under par, 69, while Bo stumbled in with an even round and two shots behind Tiger at -6 under par.Tiger said in interview;
" What an incredible week. Everybody, thank you for being patient with us. Yesterday was a silent day. I think everyone saved up for today. What an atmosphere to play in front of. I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again. That was, I think, what, six months ago? I've been out here a long time, and I understand what it's like to have to grind and fight because each shot means something. The first day, the first shot is just as important as the 72nd hole. They all count the same."
Bo Van Pelt thinks Tiger is the best player in the world, so I guess mentally he was never going to beat him;
" No offense to any of those other guys, but he's the only guy to win three tournaments on Tour this year. On three different golf courses, and he was leading the U.S. Open after two days. So I'd say that he's playing the best golf in the world right now."
Adam Scott finished in third place, with a last round of -4 under par and a tournament total of -5 under par.
The third member of the last group on course with Tiger and Bo, was Brendon de Jonge, who had a very bad day at the office. His last round of 77 saw him tumble down the leaderboard to finish tied in eleventh place, a real meltdown.