In case you did not get to see it, Tiger Woods captured the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland to notch his third tournament title of the 2012 season. It was also Woods' 74th career victory on the PGA Tour, which pushed him past Jack Nicklaus into sole possession of second place on the all-time list. Woods now trails only Sam Snead, with 82 career victories.
On the day that spectators returned to Congressional Country Club, after storms prevented their attendance in the third round, Tiger Woods gave the fans something they were hoping to see. Woods did not play as well as he did in the third round when there were no galleries, however he played well enough to win.
Woods began the final round one shot behind the third round leader, Brendon de Jonge. As the various competitors fell away it came down essentially to match play between Woods and Bo Van Pelt. At 15, Tiger rolled in a long birdie putt to take a temporary lead only to watch Van Pelt pour one in on top of it to match Woods at 9-under par. The birdies put the two leaders four shots clear of the field.
Then the fun really began on the par-5 16th, which most would certainly view as a birdie hole. Woods hit a wayward drive and Van Pelt, after a perfect drive, came up well short of the green. This is a regular occurrence for me and my buddies but I was surprised to see Van Pelt land short given the situation. Perhaps a little Tiger pressure. Still they had not gotten the bad shots out of the way. Both players' third shots were poor. Then they made decent fourth shots on the par-5, but difficult par putts remained. Woods missed his par putt as did Van Pelt.
Van Pelt made another bogey at 17 and Woods took a one stroke lead to the last hole. You knew that Woods would not surrender the lead. It turned out that Woods was never challenged on 18 and went on to claim his third victory of the 2012 season.
Woods played solid but not spectacular golf. It could perhaps be better described as winning golf, because that's what he did, he won again.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.