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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Woods back on top


Everything in the world seems to be exactly as it should when Tiger Woods is winning golf tournaments. His 74th career PGA Tour victory highlights this week's edition of the Good, the Bad & the Ugly.

The Good

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods won the AT&T National for his 74th career PGA Tour win and his third on the season. Woods passed Jack Nicklaus on the all-time Tour wins list and is now second only to Sam Snead (82 wins).

He also secured, again, what some are referring to as the “Legend Slam” – wins at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Invitational, Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament and now his, the AT&T National, all in the same season. He also accomplished this feat in 2009.

This marks the 12th year Woods has captured at least three victories in one season and of those, only three years – 2003, 2007 and 2009 – has his résumé failed to include a major.

Surpassing Jack on the all-time career wins list is just the first milestone on his way to magic No. 18.

The Bad

Yani Tseng

Yani Tseng shot 73-74 at the NW Arkansas Championship and was sent home early for the first time in more than a year; the last cut Tseng missed was at the Avnet LPGA Classic in late April 2011.

Tseng’s 74 Saturday in Arkansas was her sixth straight round over par and it comes in advance of next week’s U.S. Women’s Open – the only major championship Tseng has yet to secure.

But we shouldn’t be so quick to call Tseng’s recent performance a “slump,” because she won three of her first five events this season and is one of only two players with multiple LPGA wins this year (Stacy Lewis has two).

The only cause for concern is that Tseng heads to the U.S. Women’s Open this week on the tails of her poor performances. I’d place my bet on Tseng winning a U.S. Open and completing her career grand slam, but it isn’t likely to happen this year. Seeing that she’s only 23, I think she has time on her side.

The Ugly

AT&T storm damage

Violent, tornado-like storms pummeled across the mid-Atlantic region and the eastern U.S. this past Friday, taking lives, causing power outages and knocking down trees.

The storm blew through the Washington D.C. area late Friday and littered Congressional Country Club with limbs, fallen trees and debris. Roughly 10 full-time tournament staffers, the Congressional maintenance crew and a small cast of others worked through the night to make the course ready for the 80-man Saturday field at the AT&T National. But in the interest of safety for fans and volunteers, tournament officials decided to close Congressional to spectators and volunteers for Saturday’s round.

In total, reports estimate 13 lives were taken and 3 million are left without power across the entire mid-Atlantic region.

What’s more, is that The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, host to next week's Tour stop, the Greenbrier Classic, was also hit by the storm.

Approximately fifty 200-year-old trees are down on the Old White TPC course and a number of skyboxes, spectator areas and camera towers were destroyed in the storm.

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