Monday, July 6, 2009

Woods wins own tournament with late birdie

Associated Press

July 5, 2009, 10:15PM

BETHESDA, Md. — Even after 68 victories, Tiger Woods never had a finish quite like Sunday at the AT&T National.

It had nothing to do with the golf, which was all too familiar.

Challenged by Hunter Mahan’s record-tying 62 at Congressional, Woods plotted his way along the back nine and delivered the decisive birdie with a 20-foot putt on the 16th green, closing with a 3-under 67 for a one-shot victory.

The trophy presentation was unlike any other.

“I’ve always wanted to do this, so bear with me,” Woods said, cradling the silver trophy in the shape of the Capitol. Then, the tournament host interviewed the tournament champion.

In this case, it was the same guy.

“So Tiger, how did you play today?” Woods said in a mock Q&A as thousands of fans broke into laughter.

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