Sunday 18 February 2018

Tiger thrills in Memorial win

TIGER WOODS played one of the greatest shots of his life and left tournament host Jack Nicklaus almost breathless with admiration as he marched to victory at The Memorial yesterday.

"In the circumstances, that was the most unbelievable, gutsy shot I've ever seen," said Nicklaus of Tiger's mind-blowing chip-in for birdie two at 16 that set him up to equal the Golden Bear's record of 73 PGA Tour wins.

Woods tied for the lead on eight-under with Rory Sabbatini with a fantastic flop shot which was almost as spectacular and dramatic as his chip-in on 16 at Augusta during the 2005 US Masters.

Sabbatini, playing in the final group with overnight leader Spencer Levin, bogeyed 16, leaving Tiger to sew up his fifth win at The Memorial and second of the 2012 season on nine-under with a sweet birdie on 18, his third in the final four holes of a closing 67.

Woods also won Arnie Palmer's invitational at Bay Hill in March -- but yesterday, in coming from four shots behind at Muirfield Village, we saw Tiger in all his former glory as he beat Sabbatini and Andres Romero by two shots.

Missing his third cut in a row last Friday did little for Rory McIlroy's confidence -- but it at least allowed him an opportunity to visit Olympic Club before next week's US Open.

McIlroy flew from Dublin, Ohio, to San Francisco on Saturday to spend a couple of days at Olympic before heading on to Memphis for this week's FedEx St Jude Classic.

Irish Independent

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