Tiger on the move at rain-hit Memorial Tournament

04 June, 2018, 02:31 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Joaquin Niemann

For 72 holes, Woods was -7.695 meaning he gave up more than 7 shots on the greens; had that number been 0, in theory he would have finished 7 strokes better and been leading or certainly in a position to chase down eventual playoff victor Bryson DeChambeau.

Woods suffered three-putt bogeys on 16 and 18 to finish with a 68, tied for seventh at nine-under 207. He missed the green from the fairway on the 18th on the first extra hole and had to scramble for par. 14 and 18, but his unique brand of cerebral golf delivered when it mattered, with a downhill 11-footer at the second playoff hole to defeat Byeong Hun An and claim his second PGA Tour title.

Woods is ranked 80th out of the 81 players remaining in the field in strokes gained putting at 5.666, which means he's giving up more than five strokes to the field on the green. He made the turn in 33 with a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 9, and then he made a solid escape from the rough and trees on No. 11 before holing out for eagle.

What a putt. What a reaction. In his most recent appearance at Muirfield Village, he shot 85 in the third round for his highest score as a professional. "After that first round I kind of got better and moved up the leaderboard each day". I played beautifully, actually.

"It was a 7-footer, 2 1/2 percent slope, and I just said, all right, I've done this plenty of times".

The next stop for Woods is the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. He leads by one stroke from Kyle Stanley, Patrick Cantlay and Joaquin Niemann.

Players had been sent out in groups of threes earlier than usual on the final day, from both the first and 10th tees, because of expected storms at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

"I hit the ball well enough to where shooting in the 60s could have been pretty easy if I had just putted normally".

South Korean An, who had birdied two of the last four holes for a 69 to complete four sub-70 rounds, joined the Americans in the sudden death play-off.

"I want to play well in front of my family", he said.

That didn't last long.

Bryson DeChambeau lists physics as a special interest, describes his current swing theory as an exploration of the anatomical limits of the body and instead of a dream foursome he rattles off a list of physicist, including Albert Einstein, he'd like to meet. McIlroy missed three birdie chances inside 8 feet.

Along with making his second ace of the season, Cantlay blistered a 4-iron as far as he could hit it on the par-5 15th, the ball landing just short of the green and stopping 4 feet away.

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