Tiger Woods AT&T National: Clutch Round 3 Performance Makes Woods a Lock for Win

Luis BatlleContributor IJuly 1, 2012

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 30:  Tiger Woods walks off the tee box on the third hole during Round Three of the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club on June 30, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The first round at AT&T National left us with doubt, but the next two have golf's greatest talent in the driver's seat on Sunday.

Tiger Woods heads into the final round a lock to take home the title at the 2012 AT&T National. He is currently tied for second place on the leaderboard with a score of six-under par. Brendon de Jonge's consistent play has him atop the board coming into the final round, while Woods is one stroke back in what is a three-way tie with American Bo Van Pelt and South Korea's Seung-Yul Noh.

Woods' surge to the top at Congressional came after shooting just one-over par in his first round of action. Yet this sudden burst must come as no surprise, as it is clear even after Round 2 that this was the player that was going to take the field by storm.

One of the factors that plays into his chances to win here is the fact he has gotten better each round. From three bogeys in Round 1, to one in Round 2 and none in the third round of play, it is clear Woods has been more precise with his putter and confident in his overall game.

Confidence and putting are the two things that he has been missing since his return to the game, and both were especially evident in what was a spectacular Round 3 performance. Woods went four-under in the round with four birdies and not a single bogey. 

What makes his play here all the more dangerous is that Woods has had each of his birdies and one eagle come on different holes. He has never birdied on a hole more than once. This is to say that he is gradually getting better at each hole on the course, and this means big things for a golfer as talented as Tiger.

Add in the fact that Woods was champion at Congressional in 2009, the last time the tournament was held there, and there is no question this talent will win the title Sunday. Expect Woods to be on his A-game in this final round.