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 in Bethesda, Md., 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.
With three birdies in a five-hole stretch, Woods surged past Anthony Kim in a high-charged final pairing. Then came a 62 from Mahan, tying the course record at Congressional that Kim had set Thursday. With some 40,000 fans waiting to see how the final hour would unfold, Woods rolled in a 20-foot birdie and walked stoically to the cup, nodding his head.
He closed with routine pars to finish at 13-under 267 for his third victory this year.
“It was great shaking my hand today,” Woods said.
The 68th victory of his PGA Tour career moved him to the top of the money list and FedEx Cup standings for the first time this year.
Mahan made six birdies on the back nine for a 62, the final birdie giving him a share of the lead. He had to wait more than an hour to see if it would hold.
“I mean, he’s pretty good,” Mahan said. “He knows what he’s doing. He knows how to play this game better than anybody.”
Eunjung Yi blew a six-stroke lead then hit a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Morgan Pressel and capture her first LPGA victory in what might be the final Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
The 21-year-old second-year pro began the day in Sylvania, Ohio, with a four-shot lead. She birded two of the first three holes to go up six shots.
Pressel, chasing her third career victory, pulled even by holing a wedge shot for eagle on the par-5 17th hole.
Yi, from South Korea, finished at 18-under 266 to earn the $210,000 first prize. She had missed the cut in four of her seven starts this year on tour.
Michelle Wie made a back-nine rush to finish at 16-under, tied for third.
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