Sunday, July 1

No. 74 for Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods picked up this third win this season. (Chase McAlpine)

TIGER WOODS SHOT A FINAL-ROUND 69 to win the AT&T National, his third victory of the season and 74th of his career, moving him past Jack Nicklaus and within eight titles of all-time wins leader Sam Snead.

Woods outlasted persistent competitor Bo Van Pelt, who ran into problems at the par-5 16th hole after Van Pelting his drive 340 or so yards down the middle of the fairway. A misjudged 6-iron began a bogey-bogey-bogey finish that doomed the journeyman’s bid to deny the surging Woods, who is looking more and more like that guy from the mid 00’s.

“I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again,” said Tiger, who has climbed to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup points race and is 4th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

As CBS announcer Jim Nantz pointed out, perhaps a bit derisively, there are still those who say Tiger needs to win a major to be fully back.

I’m one of those guys, Jim. For all his talk about process, I firmly believe Tiger is, too. It’s the majors that he’s after. Woods wants and needs one badly. He’s definitely closer, and he has two more cracks this season.

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