Sunday, July 01, 2012

Tiger Woods Wins AT&T National

Photo by William Workinger

Tiger Woods won his own tournament, the AT&T National, for the second time at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda MD. With the win, Woods moves past Jack Nicklaus into second place on the all time PGA Tour wins list with 74. Sam Snead is first with 82.

The fact this tournament got all four rounds in is a miracle. A nasty storm blew through the Washington DC area on Friday night and left hundreds of thousands of people and businesses without power. Congressional Country Club had an estimated 60 trees knocked down and maintenance staff worked through the early hours of Saturday morning after the storm passed through to get the course in shape for play.

Photo from The Golf Channel

Normally third round action starts early Saturday morning in groups of two. Yesterday, play started at 1:00 and players were in groups of three going off #1 and #10. Due to the course damage, no spectators and volunteers were permitted to enter the grounds. Folks who had Saturday tickets were allowed to use them on Sunday.

Watching this tournament on Golf Channel and CBS, it seemed strange there was no applause when someone would make a long birdie putt. Much to many golf fans delight, there were no drunk "GET IN THE HOLE!!!!" chants everytime someone drove the ball or struck a putt.

Today over 48,000 showed up for the final round despite temperatures hovering close to 100 degrees.

The summary will show Tiger Woods holding off Bo Van Pelt for the win. There is another winner here, DC area school kids.

In 2006, the DC area had lost its PGA Tour event, I'll refer to it as the Kemper Open though it went through numerous sponsor changes and was played at Congressional CC and TPC Avenel. The PGA was going to give us a Fall event at Avenel to be played after the Tour's season Fed Ex Cup playoffs. However, before all that could happen, Tiger and his foundation worked with AT&T and his event was born. It would be played at historic Congressional Country Club.

His foundation also would work in the DC area and to date I've read over 25 kids have received college scholarships so far. Also there are a couple of foundation campuses in existing Washington schools that provide programs in science, math and other subjects.

Woods also donates his earnings from this event, today it was $1.1 million for the win, to his foundation.

So while I couldn't make it out to Congressional this weekend, I tip my hat to those that did. To the maintenance workers who got the course ready after the storms and to my brother in law, who took the great Tiger trophy photo on this page. Nicely done!

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