Tiger Woods passes Jack Nicklaus with 74th career PGA Tour win
Tiger Woods won the 2012 AT&T National at Congressional Country Club on Sunday and passed Jack Nicklaus on the career wins list.
It was Woods's third PGA Tour victory of the season and the 74th of his career, which put him one ahead of Nicklaus's total. Woods got his 73rd earlier this month at the Memorial in Columbus, Ohio, the annual Tour stop that is hosted by Nicklaus. Sam Snead, with 82, is the only player with more wins.
Woods has 14 career major championship victories, four shy of Nicklaus's record of 18, and will next have a chance to add to that total at the British Open, which starts July 19 at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in England.
On a blistering hot day in Bethesda, Md., Woods played a nearly flawless round. He shot 69 for a total score of eight under, two shots clear of Bo Van Pelt.
His victory included a remarkable 9-iron around a tree from the rough on the par-4 12th hole. After hooking his drive, he was forced to play a shot in which his club was certain to slam into a tree on his follow-through. He pulled it off, putting his ball on the green, in a moment that was reminiscent of a similar swing he made at the 2007 Masters. This time, however, the club didn't break.
Woods will go for win No. 75 this week at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.
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