Yesterday, Tiger Woods won his 3rd PGA tournament of the 2012 season at Congressional, granted none of which were a major championship. Tiger finished one stroke ahead of Bo Van Pelt at
8 and shot a final round 69 to bring home the victory at the AT&T National. It was the 74th win of his career. With the victory, he moves into sole position of 2nd place alltime in PGA Tour wins, surpassing the great Jack Nicklaus by one. Woods is currently 10 wins shy of the all-time leader Sam Snead.
It wasn't easy by any means for Woods to earn this victory. Bo Van Pelt gave him a run for his money all the way until the 72nd and final hole of the tournament. Tiger had a one stroke lead over Van Pelt entering the par-4 18th hole. Woods parred while Van Pelt bogeyed to finish two shots back at -6. Congressional in Washington D.C. was the site of the 2011 US Open, where the only golfer that had great success was Rory McIlroy. However, as expected, it didn't play nearly as difficult as it did about a year ago. Leading by one stroke, Tigers hit an approach shot onto the the 18th green yesterday which ultimately sealed the win, but more significantly, indicated that he still possesses that killer instinct on the golf course in crunch time that very few players have.
Prior to the 2012 season, Tiger had not won a single PGA tournament in 3 years and a major championship in 4 years. Now he has won 3 wins on the PGA Tour this season, and despite not winning a major, he has made a significant step forward in getting back to his old form as a consistently great golfer. We all know that critics will not deem Tiger to be fully back to form until he wins another coveted major championship. He's got two more shots at it this season, and barring injury at age 36, he should have plenty of chances for years to come.