Tiger Woods won the storm-hit AT&T National for his 74th career title to pass Jack Nicklaus for second place all-time on the PGA Tour list. Woods won for the third time this year by outlasting fellow American Bo Van Pelt in a back-nine duel that went down to the final hole on Sunday.
What an incredible week, Woods said. I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again. Woods closed with a two-under 69,giving him a two-shot victory and moving him into second place on the tours career list,one ahead of Nicklaus. He needs eight more to equal Sam Snead.
Woods,who finished at eight-under 276,took the lead on 17 where Van Pelt made bogey after his ball sailed over the green. All Woods had to do was maintain the lead on the final hole. He sealed the victory with a superb nine-iron approach that landed and rolled onto the flat part of the green on 18.
It was downhill,the wind was hot and the ball was flying, said Woods,who also won at Muirfield Village and Bay Hill this year. It fit my eye for some reason. I just saw it and hit it.
His win capped a bizarre week of golf. A violent heat-fueled storm wreaked havoc on the course,blowing down trees and forcing organisers to shut the course to spectators on Saturday,making for a peculiar scene as the golfers teed off without galleries. The clean-up operation was extensive and the players still had to navigate some small piles of debris,just off some of the fairways,that didnt get cleared in time for the final round.
Van Pelt made it easy for him by finishing with three consecutive bogeys,beginning with No. 16. Van Pelt closed with an even-par 71. Woods moved to the top of the PGA Tour money list and the FedEx Cup standings for the first time since 2009. He sank a 22-foot putt for birdie at 15 to take the lead for a moment,but Van Pelt answered with a birdie of his own.
Australias Adam Scott finished in third place at five-under-par 279. He matched the low round of the day with a four-under par 67.