Tiger Woods posts his 74th PGA Tour victory | Golf
Tiger Woods won the AT&T National tournament in Bethesda, Md., by two strokes over Bo Van Pelt.
BETHESDA, Md. — 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.
"No offense to any of those other guys, but I think he's the only guy to win three different tournaments on the Tour," Van Pelt said. "On three different courses and he was leading the U.S. Open for two days. I'd say that he's playing the best golf in the world right now."
Early Sunday, seven players, including Woods, were either tied for the lead or one stroke behind. But later it became a staredown resembling match play between Woods and Van Pelt as they seemingly matched each other, shot for shot, on a hot, muggy afternoon.
On No. 15, Woods rolled in a 22-footer for a birdie, only to see Van Pelt make a birdie of his own from 10 feet. Both had bogeys on the 16th hole, ending Woods' streak of 41 holes without a bogey.
But Van Pelt also had bogeys on the last two holes, compared with a par-par finish for Woods.
One day after spectators were kept away from the course because of debris from a violent windstorm, they returned in full force and got a memorable show.
"Yesterday was a silent day," Woods said. "I think everyone saved up for today. What an atmosphere to play in front of."
Kyle Stanley (71) of Gig Harbor tied for 22nd at 2 over and Ryan Moore (72) of Puyallup tied for 58th at 9 over.
PITTSBURGH — Joe Daley won the Senior Players Championship for his first title on the 50-and-older Champions Tour, closing with a 2-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman (69) in the major event.
Daley, 51, had a 14-under 266 total and earned $405,000.
Defending champion Fred Couples (71), a Seattle native, tied for fourth place at 10 under and Kirk Triplett (66), a graduate of Pullman High School, tied for sixth at 9 under.
• Ai Miyazato of Japan shot a 6-under 65 to overcome a five-shot deficit and win the NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers for her second LPGA Tour victory of the year and ninth overall.
Miyazato, who earned $300,000, had a 12-under 201 total to beat Azahara Munoz (65) of Spain and Mika Miyazato (67) of Japan by one stroke.
Ex-Washington Huskies player Paige Mackenzie (72) of Yakima and Jimin Kang (75), a graduate of King's High School in Shoreline, were among those tied for 62nd place at 2 over.
• Jamie Donaldson won the Irish Open for his first European Tour title and Peter Tomasulo took the United Leasing Championship, a Web.com Tour event in Newburgh, Ind.
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