TIGER WOODS has edged past Jack Nicklaus to be outright second on the all-time US PGA TOUR winners list.
Woods claimed a two stroke victory at the 2012 AT&T National on a wind-damaged Congressional golf course in Maryland today for his third win of the year and 74th of his career.
The 36 year old is now eight wins behind record holder Sam Snead.
Australians Adam Scott made bold showings on the final day of the tournament but it was Woods who captured the trophy and moved to the top of the TOUR money list and the FedEx Cup standings for the first time since September 2009.
Woods started the day one shot behind overnight leader Brendon de Jonge. As de Jonge and others fell away it came down to a shoot-out over the final holes between Woods and compatriot Bo Van Pelt, who is on the other end of the win spectrum with just one to his credit.
Woods, who went 41 holes without a bogey until he made 6 on the par-5 16th, took the outright lead by sinking a 6-foot par putt on the 17th as Van Pelt made bogey.
He sealed the victory with a superb nine-iron approach that landed and rolled onto the flat part of the green on 18 for an easy two-putt victory.
‘Well, a lot of media people didn’t think I could win again, and I had to deal with those questions for quite a bit,” Woods said later at his media conference. “It was just a matter of time. I could see the pieces coming together. Sean [Coach Sean Foley] and I were working, and we see what was coming, and we can see the consistency, and it’s just a matter of time. Just stay the course, and if you look at my ball-striking so far this year, it’s gotten more and more consistent. Give me a little time, and I feel like this is what I can do.”
Woods finished with a 69 to be 8-under, two strokes clear of Van Pelt (71) who finished with three straight bogeys.
Adam Scott was alone in third on 5-under after an equal best final round 4-under 67.
Once again Scott was let down by an early round blow-out, this time 75 in his first. He got back to even with his second round 67 and to 1-under with his third.
In the final round he shot five under in his opening round to share the lead before bogeys on 14 and 15 effectively ended his challenge.
Jason Day was also a contender with four birdies before also bogeying 14 and 15. He added another on 17 to finish with a 70 on 3-under. He ended tied eight with second round leader Hunter Mahan (73).
The win took Woods to No.4 in the world rankings with Scott the leading Australian at 16th and Day next best 21st.