Anaheim, CA (PressExposure) July 07, 2009 -- Tiger Woods won this past weekendâs AT&T National event at Congressional Country Club and basked in the glory by giving a horrible acceptance speech.
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Tiger Woods was on the practice range Sunday when he found out his buddy Roger Federer had finally held off Andy Roddick to win Wimbledon. The thumbs started pounding out the text immediately.
"Great job. Now it's my turn," was the message.
"Not the 15," he clarified. "I meant today."
Woods gets his chance at his 15th major in two weeks at the British Open, but for now, his third win of the year will have to do. His battle with young upstart Anthony Kim didn't turn into the Federer-Roddick-type duel many were hoping for, but with another dramatic birdie putt, he edged ahead of clubhouse leader Hunter Mahan to win the event he hosts, the AT&T National, by one shot.
"It was a long week, but I got the 'W,'" said Woods, who moved within five PGA Tour wins of Jack Nicklaus with the 68th of his career.
He closed with a 3-under par 67 to win at 13-under 267, a rattled Kim faltering with a 1-over 71 to be four back in third. Kim threw out the first salvo, hitting a wedge to within an inch on the first hole. But he started hitting his driver to the left, making errors managing the golf course and missing putts.
"I learned a lot. I learned a lot about myself," said Kim, who won this event last year in Woods' absence. "I know I'll be knocking at the door again. It's just a matter of time."
And his biggest lesson?
"I learned that if you have a birdie putt, you better make it," Kim said. "Tiger obviously is a proven winner for a reason and he makes the putts when you have to do it."
Woods ultimately got more pressure from Mahan than he got from Kim. Mahan began the day six shots back, and with nothing to lose, he started rolling in putts from everywhere, even with the pins set right on the edges. He tied the course record of 62 that Kim had set on Thursday and, playing seven holes ahead, tied Woods for the lead with seven holes left for Tiger.
The next golf major takes place in Scotland and Tiger is currently listed at +225 to win this yearâs event, which begins on July 16.
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