Tiger Woods wins National, passes Jack Nicklaus for second place

Updated: 02 July 2012 12:58 IST

Tiger Woods won the storm-hit AT&T National on Sunday for his 74th career title to pass Jack Nicklaus for second place all-time on the PGA Tour list.

Bethesda:

Tiger Woods won the storm-hit AT&T National on Sunday 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.

Woods closed with a two-under 69, giving him a two-shot victory and moving him into second place on the tour's 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."

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.

Australia's 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.

Robert Garrigus (70), Jhonattan Vegas (71), Billy Hurley (72) and Noh Seung-yul (73) tied for fourth place at minus-four.

Third-round leader Brendon de Jonge, of Zimbabwe, stumbled to a six-over 77 and tied for 11th at one-under-par 283.

Woods' win capped a bizarre week of golf at the Congressional Country Club Course. A violent heat-fueled storm blew down trees and forced organizers to shut the course to spectators on Saturday, making for a peculiar scene as the golfers teed off without galleries.

Topics : Golf Tiger Woods
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