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July 1 2012

4:30 PM

Breaking down Tiger, Van Pelt

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

BETHESDA, Md. -- With a victory today at the AT&T National, Tiger Woods would surpass Jack Nicklaus and move one step closer to Sam Snead’s record for career wins on the PGA TOUR. Snead had 82 wins in his career, and Woods has 73.

In those 73 wins, Woods, who trails by a stroke, has come from behind 22 times when trailing going into the last round.

A win here would also give Woods three on the year -- more than any other player on TOUR this season.

The last time this tournament was played here, in 2009, Woods won.

As for Bo Van Pelt, who is tied with Woods, his lone victory on TOUR came at the 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.

This year, he had five top-10 finishes, including a tie for seventh at THE PLAYERS Championship.

At the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional, Van Pelt opened with a 76 but rebounded with rounds of 67-68-71 to finish in a tie for 14th. In five previous AT&T Nationals, his best finish was a tie for 11th each of the last two years when it was played at Aronimink Golf Club in suburban Philadelphia.

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