• AT&T National, Round Four

Tiger picks up third win of the year

ESPN staff
July 1, 2012


Tiger Woods claimed his third PGA Tour title of the 2012 season with a two-shot victory over Bo Van Pelt at the AT&T National on Sunday.

With spectators allowed back on the course at Congressional Country Club following Saturday's storm safety precautions, fans were treated to a battle between Woods and Van Pelt down the stretch in the fourth round - with the latter eventually crumbling under the pressure as Woods held his nerve to win at eight-under, thanks to a final round 69.

Van Pelt, playing alongside Woods in the final group, had looked on course to deny the 14-time major champion, but stumbled badly under the spotlight as he bogeyed the final three holes to fall by the wayside.

Woods has already won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Memorial Tournament this season. Victory in Maryland was his 74th PGA Tour victory - overtaking the record of Jack Nicklaus that he tied at Memorial. Sam Snead holds the all-time record of 82.

It was a solid day from Woods, whose only mistake came at the par-five 16th - as he hit a spectator off the tee before flying his third shot over the back of the green and failing to hole his 15-footer for par. Other than that he had 14 pars and three birdies - at the fifth, ninth and 15th.

Woods was understandably thrilled with his triumph, as he reflected on his change of fortunes in 2012.

"What an incredible week," said Woods. "Everybody, thank you for being patient with us. Yesterday was a silent day. I think everyone saved up for today. What an atmosphere to play in front of.

"I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again. That was, I think, what, six months ago? Well, here we are."

Adam Scott finished third on his own at five-under thanks to a final round 67, with Seung-yul Noh, Jhonattan Vegas, Billy Hurley III and Robert Garrigus a shot further back.

Woods, meanwhile, will play at next week's Greenbrier Classic before beginning his preparations for the Open Championship, which begins on July 19.

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