Tiger Woods is returning to Congressional Country Club, as host of the 2012 AT&T National, from June 28th to July 1st. The field for the tournament is weaker than in most years, as the Irish Open is being played at the same time and has attracted many of the top european players. The following are the top reasons, in this fan's opinion, that Tiger Woods will be hoisting another winner's trophy on Sunday, July 1, 2012.
Defending Champion: In addition to being the tournament host, Woods was also the champion of the AT&T National the last time it was staged at Congressional, in July of 2009. With the course in major championship condition, firm and fast, but without the added pressure of actually being a major, Tiger should be feeling very comfortable.
Weak Field: Tiger comes to the AT&T National ranked #4 in the world. The next highest are #10 Hunter Mahan, and #13 Dustin Johnson. Their combined total of 11 wins in 357 PGA Tour events played is but a blip on the radar, when compared with Woods' 73 titles in 284 events, and would hardly seem fearsome.
Playing Style: Congressional Country Club requires a player to drive the ball well, hit greens, and control the speed of their putts. According the the Tour's statistics, in 2012 Tiger Woods ranks 2nd in total driving and 9th in greens in regulation. While not making the crucial putts as regularly as he did in year's past, he still putts better, overall, than anyone else in the field at the AT&T.
Deja Vu: Prior to winning the AT&T National in July of 2009, Woods had also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament, the only time a player has won all three events hosted by Arnold, Jack, and Tiger in the same season. He went on to claim three more titles and two runner-up finishes that year.
Tiger Woods has two wins in the 2012 PGA Tour season, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament. Winning the AT&T National, at Congressional Country Club, could be Deja Vu and send an unwelcomed warning to the other players on tour that the tiger is about to be dominant once more.
He is Tiger Woods: In the past three years, the best anyone else has done (in the world rankings) is keep the seat warm until Tiger returns. He's nearly there.
Harold Andrews has played golf (competitive and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.
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