Fact Pack: AT&T National

By Will GrayJune 26, 2012, 7:00 pm

This week the PGA Tour heads to our nation's capital for the AT&T National. Congressional CC will play host to this event for the first time since 2009, as it was shipped north to Aronimink GC each of the past two years as Congressional prepared to host the 2011 U.S. Open. With the event back inside the Beltway, Nick Watney gets set to defend his title against a strong field, including many of the game's best getting back into action for the first time since the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club. With that in mind, here is a look inside the numbers to see which players may contend for the title and help your Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge team in the process:

 Hunter Mahan is likely happy to see this tournament's scene shift back to Congressional. Twice a winner on Tour this year, Mahan finished T-8, T-12 and runner-up in this event from 2007-2009 on the Blue Course. He continues to have a strong year statistically, ranking fourth in greens in regulation percentage and seventh in total driving, and is coming off a Sunday 61 at the Travelers Championship.

• Another player with a strong track record in this event is Robert Allenby, who has three top-6 finishes in five career AT&T starts - two of which came at Congressional. The Aussie has twice led the field in greens in regulation percentage here en route to finishes of T-6 (2007) and T-3 (2008).

• Defending champion Nick Watney is still searching for the success he experienced in 2011, and much of his struggle this year has been on the greens. Watney ranked seventh last year on Tour in total putting, but this year currently ranks 133rd in the category. His final round scoring average of 72.83 - currently 169th on Tour and more than three shots above his Sunday scoring average in 2011 - has also not helped him climb any weekend leaderboards this year.

• Entering off one of his best finishes of 2012, Will Claxton may be a sleeper to consider in Group 4. Claxton is having a strong rookie season, highlighted by a T-15 finish last week. The Auburn grad has stats to back up his relative success as well, ranking eighth on Tour in greens in regulation percentage and tenth in total driving.

K.J. Choi won the inaugural AT&T National at Congressional in 2007, and he returns just as his 2012 season begins to show some life. After a T-5 start in Kapalua, Choi failed to crack the top 20 in his next ten starts but has now done so in consecutive events, finishing T-19 at the Memorial and T-15 at the U.S. Open. One place Choi has struggled this year is around the greens; he ranked 20th on Tour in scrambling in 2010 and 27th in 2011, but currently stands 100th in the category for 2012.

• Finding the greens at Congressional in regulation has always been a key for this event; the respective winners finished T-5, T-12 and T-3 in GIR percentage for the week en route to their victories from 2007-2009. One person this may favor as a sleeper pick is Greg Owen, who ranks seventh on Tour in the category. The Englishman has finished T-31 or better in seven of his last nine starts, including T-9 at Memorial and T-11 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in his last two events.

• U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III looks to continue his impressive resurgence this week on a course where he has had success in the past. Love has three consecutive top-30 finishes, including a T-3 showing in Memphis, and currently ranks 15th on Tour in scoring average. He finished T-11 at Congressional in last year's U.S. Open and T-16 the last time the AT&T National was held here in 2009.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.

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Woods shares emotional embrace with his kids

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:21 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods missed a birdie putt on the last hole that would’ve vaulted him into a tie for second place at The Open. It was a difficult way to end an otherwise successful week for the 14-time major champion, who is just happy to playing majors again.

Then he walked off the 18th, saw his two children, daughter Sam and son Charlie, and they all took a moment for a long embrace. Turns out, that was the perfect way to end the week.

“I told them I tried and I said, 'Hopefully you’re proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did,'” Woods said Sunday after putting the finishing touches on an even-par 71 to end at 5 under for the week.

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“It’s pretty emotional because they gave me some pretty significant hugs there and squeezed. I know that they know how much this championship means to me and how much it feels good to be back playing again.”

In 2008, when Woods won his last major, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Sam was a year old and Charlie was not yet born. They don’t know how much their father used to dominate this game, especially majors. The last time Woods won a PGA Tour event was five full years ago. Woods has joked in the past that they only know him as a YouTube sensation.

“So, for them to understand what I was doing early in my career,” he said. “The only thing they’ve seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through. Now they just want to go play soccer with me. Man, it’s just such a great feeling.”

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TT postscript: Not a win, but an amazing week

By Tiger TrackerJuly 22, 2018, 6:04 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods had a chance to win his 15th major Sunday at The Open at Carnousite:

• Tiger shot 71-71-66-71 to finish at 5 under par and tie for sixth place.

• When Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele both bogeyed the fifth hole Tiger was in the solo lead. Amazing to think that only last September he said he never knew if he’d ever play golf again. Here he was, nine months later with a chance to win a fourth claret jug. Amazing.

• For 10 holes, Tiger was the calmest, coolest, most composed player on the golf course. Birdies at Nos. 4 and 6 looked easy, while most everyone else was struggling to make par.

• To me, the biggest mistake of the week, and certainly of the final round, was Tiger’s decision to get cute and hit a flop shot up and over a bunker into the 11th hole. It checked up and rolled back down and off the green. He failed to get up and down and made double bogey. If he’d have pitched the ball 12-15 past the hole he’d had have a chance to save par and would’ve made no worse than bogey.

• The double bogey felt worse when Tiger made bogey on the 12th hole. This two-hole stretch cost him three shots and he finished three shots off the lead.

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• Tiger moved to 50th in the Official World Golf Ranking, which qualifies him for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which he has won eight times.

• One of the best moments of the week came after Tiger’s round when he gave his kids, daughter Sam and son Charlie, long hugs. Tiger said it was especially emotional because both kids knew how much this week meant to their old man. They had only seen Tiger struggle; it was great for them to see his success.

• Tiger: “Today I did everything the way I thought I needed to do it to win the championship. This entire week, I felt like I needed to keep building my way into this championship. It's one of those where, as I said earlier in the week, it's going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win it on Sunday because we're all driving the same areas. Kind of turned out that way. There are a bunch of guys packed, a bunch of guys with a chance to win, and I was one of them.”

• Overall, an amazing week. Truly tremendous to watch.