Woods Wins, Passes Nicklaus
Tiger Woods won the AT&T National at Congressional on Sunday for his 74th career PGA victory. The win moved him past Jack Nicklaus on the all time list into second place just eight wins behind Sam Snead. Woods won by two shots over Bo Van Pelt and the win makes him one of the favorites heading towards the third major, the British Open, later this month.
To get even more prepared for the next major, Woods added this week’s Greenbrier Classic to his schedule. The West Virginia tournament starts on Thursday and has a close association with Snead, who used to live in the area.
This season Woods has won three times: Muirfield Village, Bay Hill and now at Congressional. The tournament this week may well be remembered more for the horrendous storm that hit the area on Saturday morning, than for who won. A vicious storm cut through the course, knocked down trees, and sent things flying across fairways and greens.
Saturday’s round had to be played without spectators so grounds crew and other workers could pick everything up and make sure fans could return for Sunday’s final round.
Van Pelt did not roll over for Woods in Sunday’s final round. He mounted a tough challenge for Woods. Woods not only had the pressure of a tournament but he was the host as well. Van Pelt said that Woods is back to playing his best golf. Van Pelt acknowledged that Woods has won three times this season, led the U.S. Open after two rounds and is probably playing better golf than anyone in the world is.