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Tiger notches third win at AT&T National

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“Is Tiger back?”

It’s the question that is asked over and over in the last year as the golf world obsessively checked the temperature of its meal ticket. At one point even a straight drive or a confident 6-foot putt would ring a chorus of yays or nays with regards to the state of Woods’ game. But with Sunday’s victory at the ATT National in Washington, D.C., Woods made a strong case for the affirmative.

Woods fired a 2-under par 69 to finish at 8-under 268, securing a 2-shot victory over Bo Van Pelt. It was the 74th win of his illustrious career, putting him one ahead of Jack Nicklaus on the all-time PGA Tour victories list and leaving him just eight behind Sam Snead.

The win was Woods’ third of the year, and the 22nd come from behind victory of his career. Woods also won this event in 2009, meaning that all of his 2012 wins have come at courses where he has previously tasted success.

Woods took command at the ninth hole on Sunday with a 12-foot birdie putt that gave him the solo lead that he never relinquished. He stubbed a bit with a bogey on the par 5 16th that left an opening for Van Pelt. But Woods finished with two solid pars on the demanding Congressional Blue Course, while Van Pelt finally withered in the blistering heat, carding bogeys on the final three holes to eliminate any chances he had of catching Woods.

In addition to the course setup that was acknowledged as tougher than the one at the U.S. Open on the same course in 2011, the golfers had to contend with temperatures in excess onf100 degrees, stifling humidity and a destructive storm that hit the nation’s Capital on Friday night and left tournament organizers scrambling to get the course fit for golfers and spectators. While fans were not allowed on the course for Saturday’s round, they were back in droves on Sunday to see Woods patiently dissect the course and the field. When asked what in his game was working this week, Woods quickly responded, “Everything.”

“ My ball striking was good out there, and it is continuing o improve,” he said. “I’m happy with this win, but I still have a lot work to do and a lot of things left to accomplish.”

One of the things that Woods accomplished this week was to move to the top of the FedEx Cup point standings, a position he has not seen for 100 weeks. He can add to his lead at this week’s Greenbrier Classic, an event that will see Woods for the first time.

But like the players, the fans the media and even the course itself, Woods was happy to survive the week’s severe weather.

“It always feels good to win,” Woods said after the round, “But it was damn hot out there.”

It’s still not clear whether Tiger is “back”, but virtually every golfer in the world would like to be where he is now.

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  1. tigercritic

    Jul 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Didn’t drop any clubs or swear – good round

  2. FitzpatrickClinton

    Jul 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm

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  3. Ed

    Jul 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Great win! I was fortunate to witness that second shot on the 12th standing directly behind Tiger. Something I will never forget.

  4. Troy Vayanos

    Jul 2, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Great to see Tiger back winning again for the 3rd time this year. That shot he played behind the tree at the 12th was just incredible.

    Only great players can find a way to play a clutch shot under pressure with the tournament still up for grabs.

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WATCH: Tiger Woods on Facebook Live with Bridgestone Golf

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Tiger Woods just appeared in a Bridgestone Golf Facebook Live video. While the audio isn’t the greatest (sounds like there’s some mowers rolling by), we’ve got to pass it along.

Check out the video below.

Woods initially discusses his wedges, before moving on to sharing some insights about how he hits his patented stinger–covering the ball, starting it farther right, and keeping his follow through short.

On his ball, the Bridgestone Tour B XS, which he presents as a softer ball well-suited to his swing, Woods says

“I need spin. I don’t spin the ball a lot. My swing has never produced a lot of spin. I’ve always been able to take spin off the golf ball–I grew up in an era where we played balata. What separated a lot of guys was the ability to take spin off the golf ball…to keep it below the tree line. There was a lot more movement in the golf ball.”

“My swing has naturally evolved. I’ve had different swings throughout the years, but each swing didn’t spin the ball a lot. So, when I get up to my long irons with a harder ball that most people would launch…I don’t. It falls out of the sky because it has so little spin.”

Woods mentioned that he hasn’t played Shinnecock since the course’s pre-U.S. Open makeover, but that he expects the course will be particularly difficult: an old-school U.S. Open with minimal graduated rough where it will be difficult to shoot under par.

Responding to comments, Woods sings Hazeltine’s praises and mentions he’d love to be able to wear shorts during PGA Tour events

“We play some of the hottest places on the planets and it would be nice to wear shorts…even with my little chicken legs,” Woods says.

Woods tells amateurs looking for more spin around the greens that they need a soft golf ball, mentioning that solid contact, maintaining loft, and allowing to club to do its job are key. Woods mentions that he has “a couple extra shots around the greens” thanks to the softness of his golf ball.”

We’ll next see the 14-time major champion in action at next week’s Memorial Tournament (which he discusses to wrap up the video).

 

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GolfWRX is on the ground at Marvin Leonard’s famed pet project, Colonial Country Club, peeking into players bags and taking in the action on the driving range.

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club (par 70; 7,209 yards). The event has now been hosted here for 73 straight years.

Headlining the field this week are Jordan Spieth, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Jon Rahm (No. 4), Justin Rose (No. 5) and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Joining them are notables Webb Simpson, who’s coming off his win at The 2018 Players, as well as Wesley Bryan, Jason Dufner, Bryson DeChambeau, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker, and last week’s champion, Aaron Wise.

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