Woods wins, Scott 3rd at AT&T National

Tiger Woods has won the 2012 AT&T National by two strokes following a back-nine battle with PGA Tour veteran Bo Van Pelt.

Today’s victory makes it three for the season and takes Woods’ PGA Tour career total to 74 and one ahead of Jack Nicklaus’ record. It is the 12th time Tiger Woods has won three or more titles in a PGA Tour season.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods (Credit: Anthony Powter)

While much of the focus was on the Woods-Van Pelt duel, Australia’s Adam Scott quietly played his way in to outright third place following a final round 4-under, 67 but it could have been so much closer.

“You can argue, but my 3‑over through 3 (in the first round) was due to my very brief warmup on Thursday, and that might end up being the difference between winning and not this week,” Scott said after his round today.

Scott overslept and woke just 40 minutes before he was due to tee off for his first round at 8:02. He arrived at the course seven minutes before his teetime but with no time on the range he went out with par, double-bogey, bogey to finish with plus-4 (75).

Jason Day also made it a great week for the Aussies, closing in equal 8th at the same course where he finished runner-up to Rory McIlroy at the 2012 US Open.

Greg Chalmers was the next best of the Aussies in 17th place with Rod Pampling one stroke back at T22.

Marc Leishman did well to back up from the excitement of his first PGA Tour win at last week’s Travelers Championship but a final round 77 saw him drop twenty places to T32.