- The Washington Times - Monday, July 6, 2009

1. Hole 6 - After making par the first five holes Sunday, Tiger Woods went for the tucked pin and flirted with the water in front of the sixth green on his approach shot. But the gamble paid off as he made a 14-foot birdie try to move him to 11 under for the tournament. That gave him a one-shot lead over Anthony Kim heading into to the par-3 seventh, which he birdied.

2. Hole 8 - Woods was going for three consecutive birdies when he stepped to the tee at the short, par-4 eighth. After he hit his drive 55 yards from the green, Woods knocked his approach within nine feet of the hole. He missed the putt, but Kim bogeyed to finish off a four-shot swing over four holes.

3. Hole 10 - Par has been a good score at the long, par-3 10th all week. With the pin tucked over a ridge on the right side of the green, Woods hit his approach a mile in the air, hoping to land the long iron softly. But Woods’ ball didn’t make it to the top level of the green, where the pin was located. What was left was a 31-foot right-to-left putt up the hill. Woods sank it, moving him to 12 under overall and igniting the large crowd gathered around the 10th green.

4. Hole 11 - Woods’ struggles on the 11th have been well documented all week. On Sunday, he found the hazard on the right side of the fairway, taking a one-stroke penalty. At that point bogey would have been a good score, and that’s what he got after making a 5-footer, dropping him into a tie for first with Hunter Mahan at 12 under. Woods’ line on the week at No. 11: bogey-bogey-double bogey-bogey.

>5. Hole 16 - After finding the rough off the tee on the accessible par 5, Woods left his 5-wood into the green short. What remained was a long chip from a swell below the green. Woods didn’t catch it that well and left himself 20 feet for birdie and the lead. He sank it, much to the delight of the enormous gallery following him. Pars at Nos. 17 and 18 gave him the AT&T National crown.

- Scott Miller

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