Woods wins his own tournament|
Bethesda, MD (Sports Network) - Tiger Woods was not a good host on Sunday.
The world's best won his own tournament, the AT&T National, for the first time
on Sunday, thanks to a three-under 67 in the final round at Congressional
Woods finished at 13-under 267, which was a new tournament record, and won by
a single stroke over Hunter Mahan, who matched the course record on Sunday
with an eight-under 62.
Anthony Kim, the 2008 champion, who had the old tournament mark and set the
course record of 62 on Thursday, began the final round tied with Woods, but
struggled on Sunday. He posted a one-over 71 and finished third at minus-
In what was hyped as a battle between the best and an heir apparent, Woods had
more to deal with from Mahan than Kim.
With Mahan in the clubhouse at 12-under par, Woods was tied for the lead with
time running out on the back nine.
At the par-five 16th, Woods drove into the left rough, then knocked his second
short and right of the putting surface. He didn't hit a great chip, but gave
himself 20 feet for birdie and the lead.
When he lined up his birdie effort, Woods walked off in disgust when a camera
clicked. He went through his routine all over again, then stroked home the 20-
footer for the lead.
With a one-shot lead, Woods found the fairway and made a routine par at 17. At
the last, Woods landed in the short grass and hit a beautiful approach 15 feet
from the cup.
Woods ran his birdie putt a little past the hole. He tapped in the short putt
for his third win this year, his 68th on the PGA Tour, but his first in his
Woods created this championship in 2007 and did so with the intent of raising
money for his charity, but also to honor the military, especially during
Fourth of July weekend.
For that, some of the credit goes to Woods' late father Earl, a man who did
two tours in Vietnam and instilled in his son the idea of giving something
"This is a dream that he and I had of having an event where we could spread
the word of what we're trying to do for kids as well as honor the military,"
said Woods, who pocketed $1,116,000 for the win. "It's come together in three
years. Absolutely incredible."
This was Woods' third win of the year. He took home the trophy at the Arnold
Palmer Invitational, won Jack Nicklaus' tournament at the Memorial and now has
his own title. The win was also enough to move Woods into first on the FedEx
Cup points list.
For Mahan, this was the continuation of strong play. It was his third top-six
finish in a row, dating back to a tie for sixth at the U.S. Open.
"I knew I had to go low for a chance at the lead," said Mahan. "I was hopeful,
but I totally expect him to birdie a hole coming in. I expected him to get to
13 (under par), maybe 14."
Woods and Kim were knotted at 10-under par and Kim struck first. His approach
at one landed inches from the stick and he kicked it in for birdie and the
A bogey at five dropped Kim back, then Woods took over. Woods recorded back-
to-back birdies at six and seven and found himself two clear of the field.
After Mahan cut the gap with a birdie at 17, Woods rolled in a long birdie
putt at the 10th to reclaim a two-shot cushion. That was undone very quickly.
Mahan hammered a drive down the 18th and hit a wedge to 15 feet. He holed that
birdie putt, then Woods bogeyed the 11th when he drove into water and
suddenly, the two were tied.
"Hunter birdied 18 and I wasn't hitting it in great spots," admitted Woods.
Woods needed tough par saves at both 12 and 13. At the 14th, Woods had a
decent look at birdie from 10 feet, but missed.
He was able to get the birdie he needed and walked off as a champion.
"This one felt good. It was hard out there," said Woods. "I felt if I could
shoot under par today, it would've been good enough, but it wouldn't have.
Hunter played a great round of golf."
Bryce Molder shot a two-under 68 on Sunday and took fourth at minus-eight.
U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover (70) and Brandt Snedeker (67) shared fifth at
Vijay Singh (66), Danny Lee (70), Jim Furyk (72) and Cameron Beckman (73) tied
for seventh at minus-six.
07/05 19:15:02 ET