AT&T National Final Round

Host Tiger Woods wins the AT&T National with a final round 67 to post a 13 under par 267 for the tournament. In 2nd place was Hunter Mahan who tied the course record today with an 8 under par 62 to finish at 12 under par 268. 3rd place went to Anthony Kim who shot a 1 over par 71 to finish at 9 under par 271. In 4th place was Bryce Molder who shot 2 under par 68 to finish at 8 under par 272. In the T5 spot was Brandt Snedeker and Lucas Glover at 7 under par 273. Rounding out the top ten in T7 was the quad of Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Danny Lee and Cameron Beckman who all finished the tournament 6 under par 274.

Tiger’s only bogey came at 11, a hole he struggled with the entire tournament but he made a lengthy birdie putt at 16 that sealed the victory. Hunter Mahan may have started the day at T16 but he is the only player to finish every round sub 70, it wasn’t good enough for the win but in a game where consistency pays off at 69/69/68/62 he has a lot to be proud of. Kim held his poise and even though he finished the day at 1 over, a final round 71 with 2 birdies, 3 bogeys and 13 pars is pretty respectable when paired with Tiger Woods. Although Bryce Molder shot even par 70 in rounds 2 and 3 he never fell out of the top ten with his 1st round 64 and final round 68, not bad for a man who has made 6 cuts out of 11 attempts the entire year in the big league but out of those 6 cuts has 5 top 25’s to go with it, and has clawed his way up to 64th in Fed-Ex cup points and in my opinion earned a place on the PGA Tour.

Key stats for the tournament are as follow:
Scoring Average – Tiger Woods at 66.75, field average was 70.91
Driving Distance – Robert Garrigus 317.6, yards field average was 295.1
Driving Accuracy – Martin Laird 87.5%, field average was 64.49%
Greens in Regulation – Charles Warren 79.17%, field average was 65.32%
Scrambling – Ryan Moore 81.48 %, field average was 52.88%
Putts per Round – Jim Furyk 27.25 with the field average at 29.9
11 played the toughest and 16 the easiest.
The winners final stat averages were T1 in eagles with 1, T3 in birdies with 18, T22 in pars with 47, 75th in bogeys with 5, T26 in double bogeys with 1, T7 in driving accuracy at 73.2%, 4th in driving distance at 312.4, T13 in putts per round with 28.5, T3 in putts per GIR with 1.673, T3 in GIR at 76.4% and T33 in sand saves at 50%.
Too bad they don’t carry a stat on longest drive, and I don’t know that his was the longest drive but Hunter Mahan hit a drive 356 yards on the long par 4 at the 6th in round 3 that was pretty sweet. His final average on driving distance was 3rd at 312.6 yards.

The next tournament will be the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Il July 09-12, followed by the British Open Championship (The Open as it is dubbed now) which will be played at Turnberry, Scotland this year and the US Bank Championship in Milwaukee both July 16-19.

Congratulations to Tiger Woods who accomplished his goal to be a “greedy host” and win his own tournament.
Sources: PGATour.com, The Golf Channel & CBS Sports
Opinions: Mine

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