Last year at Congressional Country Club, it was Rory McIlroy capturing the U.S. Open in record-breaking fashion. This time around it was Tiger Woods winning the 2012 AT&T National to record his 74th PGA Tour victory and passing Jack Nicklaus’ all-time career win list.
I had a feeling this was going to be an interesting week. It was actually mostly eerie, but I swear, I said on Thursday or Friday that Tiger would snag his third win of the season — that’s 3 in his last 7 starts, no less. I’m mostly just thrilled that I started him in my Fantasy Golf lineup. Bonus points!
In what was a thrilling duel on Sunday between Tiger and Bo Van Pelt, the 14-time champion ended up atop the leaderboard. Tiger tapped-in for par on No. 18 at Congressional Country Club to seal the victory. Compared to the dramatic way things unfolded at Memorial, this was a little anti-climactic. But, it was a compelling back nine, which had been so exciting and then Bo faded away, bogeying the last three holes, but it was still witnessing history in the making.
The key to his win? His putting — which he credited to a tip that former Stanford teammate Notah Begay gave him earlier in the week.
Many more thoughts on Tiger’s win to come, but what’s your instant reaction? Tiger made sure to bring up that some media folks were saying four months ago that he’d never win again. Who were those idiots again, anyway?
OK, is he player of the year in your mind? Or is his season not complete without a major? Will he win either the Open Championship or the PGA?
By the way, this is kind of like 2009, with Tiger winning the same three tournaments so far (Bay Hill, Memorial and AT&T). He ended the season with six victories — can’t really complain, but there was an asterisk since none of them were majors. It was also the PGA Championship where Y.E. Yang took down Tiger in the final round at Hazeltine.
Alright, let’s hear your thoughts. I’ve got a ride to catch to somewhere with power.
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