Tag Archives: 2012 AT&T National

Jul
3
2012

Fans <3 Tiger

There are two — maybe three or four — players that move the needle: Tiger Woods, John Daly, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. This has been my conclusion from the sizes of galleries I’ve witnessed at tournaments and from the numbers (traffic) I receive on my site in response to posts on these individuals.

So it’s no surprise that CBS ratings for the final round of the AT&T National increased by 188% compared to last year — Tiger didn’t play in ’11 due to injury. The media blast via CBS Sports:

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Jul
1
2012

Take that, biatches!

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!

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Jul
1
2012

Now here's something you don't see every day...or ever: Tiger teeing off with only a dozen or two in the stands!

Despite doctor’s orders to rest my ankle, I couldn’t help but hike out to walk with Tiger Woods for the last five holes in the third round of the AT&T National at Congressional.

Due to the substantial damage caused by the “Derecho” storm on Friday night, tournament organizers closed the course to fans and non-essential volunteers (which, of course, was unfortunate, but in the best interest of safety).

It was already strange driving in the gates and past the range with hardly a person in sight, but I’ve seen similar scenarios at smaller PGA Tour events on a Monday. What I’d never ever seen — and may never see again — was Tiger playing a competitive round at a Tour event without a massive horde.

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Jun
30
2012

A fierce storm tore through the DC area and hit Congressional hard on Friday night

The maintenance workers and clean-up crew at Congressional Country Club deserve a huge round of applause for preparing the storm-ravaged golf course in time for golfers to complete Saturday’s third round.

Just after 10pm on Friday evening, a fierce thunderstorm called a “Derecho,” which originated in the Chicago area, wreaked havoc in the nation’s capital. The storm goes at least 250 miles with winds at least 58 miles per hour or greater. In the Bethesda, Maryland, area, gusts reached 80mph.

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Jun
29
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Hunter preying

Many fell prey to the heat that scorched Congressional Country Club on Friday afternoon, but not Hunter Mahan, whose sweet swing and cool demeanor helped him en route to a blistering six-under 65 in the second round of the AT&T National, which included birdies on two of the last three holes.

Heading into what’s expected to be another super hot and humid weekend, Mahan, -7, leads by two strokes over Brendon de Jonge, Jimmy Walker and Robert Garrigus. Mahan, 30, kept hydrated and played so well that the record-high temperatures didn’t bother him or affect him mentally.

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Jun
29
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tiger's bubble

Tiger Woods weathered the heatwave sweeping through the greater D.C. area and played his way into contention at Congressional Country Club on Friday morning, firing a respectable three-under 68 (which was probably the highest score he could have shot) for a two-under 36-hole total.

Woods, who teed off on No. 10, kick-started his round with an eagle on the par-6 No. 16, ramming a 48-foot putt in the center of the cup.

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Jun
28
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tiger Woods walks to the 17th green during Round One of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club

Since I’m waiting out the gridlock traffic in the media center, I might as well toss up a gratuitous post on Tiger Woods, your tournament host. Anyone catch the coverage today, anyway? I’m guessing some of you were more interested in the DVR’d Irish Open, Wimbledon and/or the Euro soccer semifinals.

Well, you didn’t miss too much in the first round of the AT&T National. As you’ve heard, the U.S. Open that didn’t happen last year is taking place this week at Congressional Country Club.

Tiger shot a ho-hum one-over 72 to trail 18-hole leader Bo Van Pelt by five strokes. He didn’t do anything excellent, but the glaring weakness that cost him was his bunker play.

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Jun
28
2012

Tiger scrambles for a 72

Just a little over a year after surrendering record-breaking scores, Congressional Country Club is playing like a U.S. Open course in U.S. Open-like conditions. The course is firm and fast. The heat is sweltering. And the scorching temperatures aren’t letting up at the AT&T National.

Only ten players in the morning wave broke par, including Vijay Singh, Dustin Johnson, Davis Love III, Hunter Mahan, Stewart Cink and Marc Leishman, who captured his first PGA Tour victory last Sunday at the Travelers Championship.

Tournament host Tiger Woods struggled to find fairways on the front nine and grinded to shoot a one-over 72. Bo Van Pelt, who placed T14 at last year’s U.S. Open here, fired a bogey-free four-under 67 to take the first-round lead over Singh, Brendon de Jonge and Jimmy Walker.

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Jun
26
2012

Hello, DC!

AT&T National host Tiger Woods, who was cheery and chatty (by Tiger standards), greeted the media on Tuesday afternoon at Congressional Country Club — after a two-year hiatus where it was contested at Aronimink GC — for his pre-tournament presser. Of course, the most-anticipated question: What happened over the weekend at Olympic, where you were in prime position to grab victory by its throat and break the major-less since ’08 steak?

Well, there was no beating around the bush! — First question:

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May
22
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Did Tiger just pick his nose?!?

On Monday Tiger Woods had a lovely media day for next month’s AT&T National, which returns to Congressional Country Club after a two-year hiatus while the course prepared for the 2011 U.S. Open. Woods, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, held a lengthy news conference, speaking passionately about the incredible work and growth of the Tiger Woods Foundation (all proceeds from the tournament benefit the charity).

Interesting enough, I found the final question and answer the most intriguing:

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