Monday, July 2, 2012

Tiger's win at Congressional.

Yesterday in Bethesda, Maryland the king of golf may have returned. Tiger Woods won the AT&T National at the Congressional Country Club on Sunday with a score of eight under. Woods finished his victory with a two under par score in the final round. Woods was paired along with Bo Van Pelt and Brendon De Jonge.

Entering the final round, De Jonge was the outright leader of the tournament with a score of seven under, however he struggled in the final day of the tournament by shooting a six over par, including four consecutive bogeys on holes 9, 10, 11, and 12. Woods’ other competitor, Bo Van Pelt, was battling the former number one golfer in the world, all day Sunday. Whenever Tiger made an impressive shot or putt, Van Pelt would match it.

The entire tournament would come down to one hole, the 16th. Both players entered the hole nine under for the tournament. Both hit mediocre shots off the tee, but both men had open opportunities to score a birdie on the last par five of the round. Van Pelt’s second shot put him in a good situation that could result in a birdie if Van Pelt could chip the ball onto the green. Tiger’s second shot put his ball farther back of Van Pelt’s, but if hit right, the ball could land on the green for a birdie opportunity.

Tiger’s third shot was hit high and over the green into the rough, putting him in a position that would most likely result in a bogey on the hole for Woods. After Woods’ horrendous third shot, Van Pelt looked to cease the moment, and take control of the tournament.

As Van Pelt was thinking of the positives of making this critical shot, Van Pelt was preparing for his critical swing. As Van Pelt swung, the club head barely hit the face of the ball, causing the ball to go a miniscule distance. Van Pelt then chipped his ball onto the green still giving him an opportunity to save par on this difficult par five. Woods then hit a marvelous fourth shot onto the green giving him a chance to save par as well.  However, both missed critical par putts, and once again it was an even match between Van Pelt and Woods.

. The threesome now headed to the 17th tee. On the 17th Van Pelt would succumb to pressure by hitting his tee shot into the rough on the far right side of the hole. Tiger’s ball was hit beautifully off the tee and down the fairway giving Woods momentum.

The day did not end well for Van Pelt after the difficult 16th he would go onto bogey the 71st and the 72nd holes. Finishing the tournament six under par, Tiger, after a needed par on the 17th, concluded his week at Congressional by paring the final hole of the tournament, thus clinching his 74th career win on the PGA tour.
            Tiger’s win at Congressional breaks a tie with Jack Nicklaus for 2nd in  wins on the PGA tour. Tiger is now only needs eight more PGA Tour victories to tie Sam Snead for the most wins on the tour. The win for the Tiger is his third of the season.  Making him the first player on tour this season to have three wins. Woods’ other victories on the tour this season came at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament. Woods’ recent wins have now ascended him to the top of the Fedex Cup standings.

            Despite Tiger’s recent wins on tour, many of his critics will still doubt him until he wins another major tournament. Many believe that Tiger will not be the old Tiger unless he wins a major. However, I believe that Tiger is back because he has shown that he can consistently compete for wins on tour every weekend and that he can instill fear in his opponent’s at their most critical times. For these reasons and more, I believe that Tiger Woods is truly back.

Alex Hanon

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