Tiger rallies to win the Memorial, ties Nicklaus with 73 PGA titles
- (Photo: Associated Press)
With a remarkable rally even by his standards, Tiger Woods birdied three of his last four holes to win the Memorial on Sunday and match tournament host Jack Nicklaus with his 73rd title on the PGA Tour.
Woods was one shot behind and looking at a probable bogey in deep rough behind the 16th green when he chipped in from 50 feet for birdie to tie for the lead.
It was a classic Tiger Woods shot with the ball flying high, flopping down on the green still a long way from the hole, and snaking down the slope and dying into the hole.
Nicklaus told Woods as he came off the 18th hole that it was the best shot he'd ever seen on the course he designed.
In the group behind him, Rory Sabbatini made bogey from the bunker on the 16th hole and never caught up. Woods closed with a 5-under 67, matching the best score of the final round.
He won the Memorial for the fifth time. Woods and Nicklaus are tied for second place in career wins on tour, trailing Sam Snead at 82.
Nicklaus was 46 when he won his 73rd and last tournament at the Masters. Woods is 36 and said after the win that he feels like he has many more good years in him.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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