Round 4 Recap: 2012 AT&T National

They always say the first 73 victories are the toughest, but after you hit the 74th its all cake from there.  Tiger Woods becomes the second on the all time career wins list, only 8 victories behind Slamming Sammy Snead.  Tiger also becomes the first three time winner this year on the PGA Tour, and he is having a little Dufner like month, with two wins in his last three events (I think that is correct).  Tiger also won the AT&T National Tournament when it was played at Congressional in 2009, so I would say he loves this course, and he loves AT&T (maybe he can talk to them about my spotty reception).

Bo Van Pelt and Tiger Woods were the two men in the spot light on Sunday afternoon.  With a few players popping up a few shots behind the two leaders of the pack, only to fall back coming down the stretch.  So the back nine was the Tiger and Bo show.  Both players birdied the par four 15th to get to -9 under, but that is when the wheels fell off.  Tiger and Bo both bogeyed 16, but Tiger scrambled on 17 to save par while Bo bogeyed his second hole in a row.  18 was just a formality with Tiger hitting the fairway and green in regulation, and two putts to victory.

Not only does Tiger Woods get his third win of the season, and become the second highest in career wins, he is also currently the leader in the FedEx Cup with only seven weeks left to play.  With Tiger being the inaugural winner in 07 and then winning again in 09, he is currently the only multiple winner of the FedEx Cup, and could very well be a three peater.

Lets also throw in that Tiger Woods is the #4 player in the world on the official world rankings as of this morning.  Which makes him the highest US player, and with only Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald to fend off the the former #1, makes you wonder if Tiger could reclaim golf’s top spot.  I know that Tiger will never be the player that he was post Thanksgiving of 08 (that was almost inhuman), but with Luke and Rory basically playing hot potato with the #1 spot, I would venture to guess unless someone (Rors or LUKE) can do something to top the Tiger, he is going to reclaim that spot as well.

For those Tiger haters out there (and I heard a few while waiting for a rain delay on Sunday) just think of this.  Tiger woods was in the hunt on Sunday, he starts making birdies and what do you know the TV ratings go up.  Not only were the crowds at Congressional Country Club massive, the TV viewing audience for CBS was up 188 percent over the final round in 2011. The overnight household share was 4.6/10 (even with ratings for Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Columbus, Ohio excluded due to the lingering affects of the storm that knocked out power to millions.)  So if you love him or hate him, Tiger Woods is great for the game of golf.  Hands down, no one can argue that point.



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