Woods wins AT&T by 2|
Bethesda, MD (Sports Network) - Tiger Woods moved ahead of his hero on Sunday.
Woods won the AT&T National to move one victory ahead of Jack Nicklaus. The
win was No. 74 for Woods and moved within eight victories of all-time wins
leader Sam Snead.
Woods closed with a 2-under 69 to end at 8-under-par 276 at Congressional
The win was the third of the season for Woods. He also won at Bay Hill and
"What an incredible week. The staff, the maintenance crew and everybody.
Yesterday was a very difficult situation. They worked their tails off to get
it done," Woods said on TV of the clean up after Saturday's big storms wreaked
havoc on the course.
"Everybody, thank you for being patient with us. Yesterday was a silent day,
but I think everyone saved it up for today. It was a great atmosphere to play
in front of."
Bo Van Pelt battled Woods tooth and nail throughout the final round, but
bogeyed the final three holes to end two back at minus-6 after an even-par 71
in the final-round.
Adam Scott matched the low round of the day with his 4-under 67. He took third
place at 5-under-par 279.
Robert Garrigus (70), Jhonattan Vegas (71), Billy Hurley III (72) and Seung-
Yul Noh (73) shared fourth place at minus-4.
Third-round leader Brendon de Jonge struggled to a 6-over 77. He failed to
make a birdie in the final round and tied for 11th at 1-under-par 283.
Van Pelt took the early lead with a short birdie putt on the fourth. That
moved him one ahead of de Jonge, who bogeyed the second. Van Pelt gave that
stroke right back with a bogey on the fourth and that created a logjam atop
Woods moved one clear of three players with a birdie on the fifth. Van Pelt
answered with a 9-foot birdie putt on No. 6.
At the par-5 ninth, Woods drained a 10-footer for birdie to regain the top
spot on the leaderboard. At the 11th, Woods drove his ball near a tree, but
hit a stellar second shot to 33 feet.
Woods 2-putted for par there, but Van Pelt made a 6-footer for birdie to again
force a tie. The duo remained tied with three pars in a row.
Van Pelt's birdie putt on 14 slid across the front lip and Woods left his
birdie try short. Things were quite different at the next hole.
Woods rolled in a 22-footer for birdie at 15 to briefly take the lead. But Van
Pelt matched him as his 9-foot birdie try dropped into the middle of the cup.
Both players struggled on the par-5 16th. Woods found rough off the tee, then
after laying up, watched his third shot bounce over the green. Van Pelt's
second came up short and he flubbed his first chip from a bad stance.
Van Pelt ran his fourth 12 feet by the hole, then watched as Woods' chip
rattled off the stick. Woods' ball ended 14 feet away and he 2-putted for
bogey. Van Pelt also 2-putted for bogey as they dipped to 8-under.
Woods played his third to six feet at 17 and converted that for par.
"You know, it was just on top of the right edge. I felt very comfortable with
it. I just controlled the pace and moved on about my business," Woods said in
a televised interview about his putt on 17.
Van Pelt made a mess of 17 as he knocked his second over the green, then
chipped back to the fringe. He got up and down for bogey to slip one back. At
the last, Van Pelt's second stopped in the second cut of rough. He needed to
hole that for any chance at a playoff.
Woods ripped his drive more than 30 yards ahead of Van Pelt in the fairway,
then dropped a 9-iron approach shot to 16 feet.
Van Pelt failed to hole his chip, and missed his 7-footer for par.
"All in all, I'm proud of how I played. You have to give it to Tiger, he
played well," said Van Pelt in a televised interview. "It was fun to be in
that environment the last 36 holes."
Woods lagged his birdie effort within inches of the hole. After de Jonge and
Van Pelt holed out, Woods tapped in for par and the win.
"It was 159 front...downhill, granted it was into the wind, it's hot, but the
ball was flying. It was just a nice drawing 9-iron," Woods said on TV of his
approach at the last. "It just fit my eye for some reason. I saw it and I hit
NOTES: Woods earned $1.17 million for the victory...The bogey Woods made on
the 16th was his first bogey in 41 holes...Last year's champion Nick Watney
closed with a 71 to end alone in 10th at 2-under-par 282...The tour heads to
West Virginia next week for The Greenbrier Classic, where Scott Stallings won
07/01 19:49:13 ET