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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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Wedge Stamping Caviar: “The Traditional” Edition

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Pop open a tin of the finest beluga, GolfWRXers…But really, it’s less jelly-like substance, more richness of intrigue than salt-cured roe at Wedge Stamping Caviar as we present to you some of the finest instances of hammer-and-stamp work on the PGA Tour we spotted over the past couple of weeks.

Grab your mother-of-pearl spoon and dig in — with restraint, please. And be sure to check out the rest of our tour photo galleries when you’re done.

Patrick Reed with a fine articulation of what we’re calling “The Traditional” wedge stamping: First and last initials, usually in white or black. 

Here’s The Traditional on Keith Mitchell’s Mizuno T22 wedge as well as a slab o’ wedge tape positioned to raise CG.  

Tyler Duncan’s Traditional stamping on his Vokey SM10 also includes a note about head weight in Sharpie. 

The Traditional, again, this time for Cam Smith on his Vokey SM10 in Jet Black.  

Jason Dufner’s Cobra’s SB wedge bears his initials, JD.

A variation on The Traditional, Lee Hodges’ initials are surrounded by “RTR,” as is usually the case on his wedges — Roll Tide Roll!

Phil Mickelson’s PM Grind wedge has a saucy little 64 stamped on the toe and a slab of lead near the toe peak. 

John Rahm’s Callaway Jaws Forged wedge featured the motto of his LIV Golf squad, Legion XIII.

John Daly’s Sub 70 wedge is superb, featuring the logo of his alma mater, the University of Arkansas. WPS! 

Check out our tour photo galleries here.

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Photos from the 2024 Charles Schwab Challenge

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GolfWRX is live this week at Colonial Country Club for the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Custom Camerons and some “super” new grips from SuperStroke are filling our galleries early in the week as well as WITBs — including the always interesting “Cashmere Keith” Mitchell.

Check out links to our photos below, which we’ll continue to update throughout the week.

And while you’re making your way through our photos, be sure to check out last year’s incredible gallery of prototype and personal Ben Hogan golf clubs.

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Photos from the 2024 PGA Championship

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GolfWRX is on site this week at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, for the PGA Championship.

While we see fewer equipment changes and new gear seeding at major championships, we get a look at custom gear and looks into the bags of players we rarely see, which is just as exciting. In the case of the PGA Championship, this means a look at the gear some of the PGA Professionals who qualified for the tournament will be gaming, and LIV players, such as Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed.

Check out links to all our albums from Valhalla below and check back throughout the week as we continue to update.

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