(photo by Brian Murphy)
Regardless of what some may think of how Tiger Woods carries himself away from the golf course, there’s little doubt that the world of golf is much more interesting when he’s competitive.
This weekend, Woods outlasted his competitors to win the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club for the second time in the six year history of the event. Just as importantly, the win was his third of the year and the 74th win of his career, which moved him past Jack Nicklaus into second place all time on the PGA Tour — eight short of Sam Snead’s record.
Woods, who also won the AT&T National in 2009, outlasted Bo Van Pelt on the final nine holes of the tournament for the victory.
“I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again,” Woods said. “That was, what? Six months ago? Here we are.”
While Woods is still a polarizing figure elsewhere, he’s seemingly always had a huge following locally — especially since he played such a key role in bringing the PGA Tour to the area. As the unofficial host of this tournament, Woods always has the biggest crowds following him.
And for the fourth time in the six-year history of the AT&T National, I was fortunate enough to cover the event. While cameras are not permitted on Congressional Country Club once the tournament officially begins, I was able to shoot photos during the Pro-Am last Wednesday.
For those interested, here is a link to my favorite photos I was able to capture of Tiger Woods during this year’s festivities.