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BETHESDA, Md. – Tiger Woods was on the back nine at Congressional, trying to win his own tournament for the first time. His main competition was relaxing in the clubhouse, having a bite to eat and joking with Woods’ wife and daughter.

BETHESDA, Md. – Tiger Woods was on the back nine at Congressional, trying to win his own tournament for the first time. His main competition was relaxing in the clubhouse, having a bite to eat and joking with Woods’ wife and daughter.

This wasn’t a typical Sunday showdown. After all, there was no way Woods could intimidate a player who finished more than an hour earlier with a round that tied the course record. All he could do was try to find a way to make one birdie somewhere between hole No. 12 and the end of the round.

Woods got what he needed at the par-5 16th, sinking a 20-foot putt that proved to be enough to beat Hunter Mahan by one stroke at the AT&T National.

“Six holes to go, and at the time, I was tied for the lead,” Woods said. “It was just like, ‘You can go either way. You can win the tournament or you can lose the tournament from here.’ Just got to keep plodding along and hopefully maybe sneak one or two birdies coming in and get the title.”

As the tournament host, Woods then got to present the Capitol dome replica trophy to himself and interview himself on the 18th green – “So Tiger, how did you play today?” he said as thousands of fans laughed – and complete an unusual trifecta of winning all three PGA Tour player-hosted events in the same year, having taken the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial last month.

“It was great shaking my hand today,” said Woods, whose closing round of 67 gave him a 13-under 267 total.

The large Fourth of July weekend crowd arrived Sunday expecting a traditional mano-a-mano battle between Woods and defending champion Anthony Kim. They started the day tied for first and thus shared the final pairing, but Kim fell behind on the front nine and never seemed poised to make a run. He shot 71 to finish third.

“I had a lot of fun,” said Kim, paired with Woods for the first time. “I know I’ll be knocking on the door again. It’s only a matter of time. I learned if you have a birdie putt, you better make it.”

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