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AT&T National 2012: Tiger Woods Will Take Field by Storm at Congressional

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 28:  Tiger Woods walks off the tee box on the fifth hole during Round One of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club on June 28, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Luis BatlleContributor IJune 29, 2012

Tiger Woods has come out playing solid golf at Congressional after what was a nightmare of a U.S. Open.

The 2012 AT&T National tournament is underway, as Woods is easily in comfortable position to take the title. Given his previous title in 2009 at Congressional, as well as his impressive play thus far in the first two rounds, there is no question the former World's best has what it takes to win a third title this season.

These are the three reasons why Woods has the clear edge at the 2012 AT&T National.

Impressive, Bounce-Back Play In Round 2

In Round 1, the back nine was where Tiger Woods struggled, shooting two bogeys for a score of one-over on the day.

Yet in Round 2, he had a significantly better performance in holes nine through 18, drilling pars left and right and failing to bogey once. He also added in an eagle on hole 16 that gave him a total score of two-under par in the back nine.

If Woods can continue to improve his proficiency on each hole going forward, this will mean big things for the top-notch talent come Sunday.

Putting The Ball Well

For the tournament, Woods is currently averaging 1.8 puts per hole, an average that he has to be content with through the first 29 holes.

What has helped his putting has been his driving game, which has been on point coming into the tournament. At the U.S. Open, in spite of scoring seven-over par, Woods nailed 58.93 percent of fairways. The mark was the seventh-best at the Open.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 17:  Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the first hole during the final round of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 17, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Putting has been his Achilles-heel since coming back from his injuries and off-the-field issues. If Tiger Woods expects to get back to being the best in the sport, it will undoubtedly start with the putter.

Was Champion In 2009 at Congressional

The last time the AT&T National was held at Congressional in Bethesda, Md., Woods came out victorious.

The win was one of epic proportions, as Woods finished with a score of 13-under par and shot a whopping 64 in Round 1. If one thing is for certain, Woods has an undeniable feel for this golf course.

Given his championship run in 2009, Woods will also have a renewed confidence heading into the later rounds. There is no question course familiarity will play a major role in how Woods will close out this tournament. 

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