Not that Tiger Woods needs help from the golf gods to deliver the goods, but they handed him a terrific afternoon at Congressional CC today as Woods won “his” tournament before over 15,000 military members who made their way to the Bethesda course to see Tiger’s 68th career victory.
The event at Congressional is Tiger’s dream event, played in the Nation’s capital on the 4th of July weekend. It’s an ode to not only those who have served in all branches of the military, but to his Dad, Earl, who fought in Vietnam.
Today’s victory wasn’t a walk in the park by any means. Hunter Mahan fired a 62 and finished 90 minutes ahead of Woods at -12…and Tiger had a handful of tough holes down the stretch that he needed to navigate to keep pace with Mahan. Woods made birdie at the par-5 16th hole, then compiled routine fairway-green pars at 17 and 18 to win by one…his 3rd triumph of the year.
It’s especially gratifying for Woods given that he arrived in D.C. last Saturday morning and spent the better part of four days doing “operational stuff” – as he said – before opening with a 64 on Thursday. This event isn’t just “hosted by Tiger Woods”…it’s “run” by Tiger Woods. He was involved in virtually every element of the 4-day golf bonanza, including a large autograph area for disabled/injured military veterans that was Tiger’s idea — and virtually every player in the field spent the requested 30 minutes there signing autographs at some point between Thursday and Sunday.
Because the golf course is undergoing renovations for the 2011 U.S. Open, Congressional will not host the tournament for the next two years. But Woods has already signed a 6-year agreement to have the tournament return to Congressional from 2012-2017.
It’s great to have a major league sporting event in our state that not only puts Maryland on the national map, but shines the spotlight on our military and their dedicated service to our country.
It’s great to have Tiger Woods leading the way in that endeavor.