Tiger wins Memorial to match Nicklaus on 73 wins
03 Jun 2012 - 23:16:57
Tiger Woods birdied three of the last four holes, including an amazing chip-in, to win the Memorial tournament on Sunday and match Jack Nicklaus for second on the all-time win list.
Woods captured his 73rd career title with a five-under par 67 final round putting him on nine-under par 279 after 72 holes and bringing a fifth Memorial crown after victories in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2009.
Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record of 18 major titles won by Nicklaus, matched Nicklaus for second on the all-time US win list with the victory, moving nine behind Sam Snead's record 82 triumphs.
"It has been a pretty nice run since I turned pro," Woods said. "To do it at age 36, that's not too shabby. I have been very proud of what I have done so far. I have a lot of good years ahead of me."
Woods, whose victory margin was two strokes over South African Rory Sabbatini and Argentina's Andres Romero, had not won an event in which he was not the 54-hole leader since 2009.
Woods made a spectacular 48-foot chip-in for a birdie at the par-3 16th, blasting high out of the rough and landing the ball just on the green, then watching it roll into the cup.
"That shot at 16 was the best I've ever seen here," Nicklaus told Woods as the winner walked off the course.
The victory comes two weeks before Woods will try to move closer to Nicklaus on the major win list at the US Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.