Choi Takes First AT&T National

South Korean finishes 9 under in first run of Tiger's tournament
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 9, 2007 4:50 AM CDT
T National golf tournament, Sunday, July 8, 2007, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – South Korean K.J. Choi shot a final-round 68 to win the first annual AT&T National tournament yesterday. Choi, fresh off his victory at the Jack Nicklaus Memorial five weeks ago, overcame Stuart Appleby's two-shot lead in the final round, capping his masterful play with a birdie from the sand on 17.

Tiger Woods hosted the event, which drew over 140,000 to the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. Woods shot an even 70 in the last 18 and finished five back. "This tournament is too big to absorb right now," said Choi, only the fifth player with multiple wins this season. The 37-year-old will face a tougher test at Carnoustie when the British Open commences July 19. (Read more K.J. Choi stories.)