2nd July, 2012
With downed trees and stacks of broken branches lining the fairways of Congressional Country Club, Tiger Woods proved to be the last one standing Sunday.
In capturing the AT&T National, tournament host Woods moved ahead of Jack Nicklaus and into sole possession of second place for the most victories on the PGA Tour. It was Woods’ 74th career victory, putting him eight behind Sam Snead.
“There was a time when people were saying I could never win again,” said Woods, the only three-time winner on the Tour this year. “That was, I think, what, six months ago? Here we are.”
Woods added, “It feels great to get to 74 wins and obviously pass Jack. I did it at 36 years old and it’s something I’m very proud of.”
Woods shot a 2-under-par 69 to finish at 8-under 276, two strokes better than the first-round leader, Bo Van Pelt, who had a 71.
Woods made $1.17 million and is ranked fourth in the world, but Van Pelt said no one is playing better.