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July 2 2012

12:05 AM

Woods’ short game comes through

Woods wins AT&T National

Tiger Woods shoots a final-round 69 to claim his 74th win on the PGA TOUR.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

BETHESDA, Md. -- Tiger Woods has won three of his last seven starts after his victory Sunday at the AT&T National.

In a word, the parts of his game that have improved the most was “everything.”

“I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again,” Woods said. “That was, I think, what, six months ago.”

He doesn’t even have to go back that far, but there’s little arguing Woods’ progression.

Woods is first on the PGA TOUR in scoring average, fifth in total driving, 10th in greens in regulation, 14th in strokes gained-putting.

If golf is a game of numbers, Woods’ are as good as anybody’s.

Sunday, he hit 15 greens in regulation and for the week ranked ninth in the field in total putts.

“I think I hit it better at Memorial, but I putted by far better here,” said Woods, who added that good friend Notah Begay gave him a putting tip earlier in the week that seemed to help him find his rhythm.

There was a time not all that long ago when Woods’ confidence had admittedly waned.

Those days are over and the big picture is starting to come together.

“It was just a matter of time,” Woods said. “I could see the pieces coming together.”

Sunday, everyone else did, too.

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