Tiger Woods & Jack Nicklaus Halleran/Getty Images
Tiger Woods won the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village on Sunday. Tiger was one shot off the lead when he hit an 8-iron over the back right corner of the green at that par three, that played as the most difficult of the week. When he got to the ball, Woods found it nestled in a particularly scruffy lie in the rough. He was looking at a downhill pitch to a green that was registering 13 on the stimpmeter and a pond lurking ominously several paces behind the pin. Amazingly the ball dropped in for a birdie that paved the way to Woods’ fifth title at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. Tigers winning tournament score was -9 under par.
Jack Nicklaus watched the shot from greenside, and said;
“If he’s short, he loses the tournament. If he’s long, he’s in the water. So he takes a full swing and lands it exactly where he has to land it and it trickled into the hole like a little 2-foot putt. I have seen a lot of shots in golf but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better one.”
Tiger simply said;
“I went for it. I pulled it off, and for it to land as soft as it did was kind of a surprise because it was baked out and it was also downhill running away from me. It just fell in. I didn’t think it was going to get there at one point. Kind of like 16 at Augusta (in 2005), I thought I was going to leave it short somehow, and then it fell in. I’m sure by Tuesday I’ll be retired and done, and then by the time I tee it up at the U.S. Open, it might be something different. But I’ll let you guys figure that out. I’ll just keep going, keep working on it. This is a process, and just trying to get better. I have a big event in two weeks, and we go back to work next week to get ready.”
“You hit a good shot to get it inside 10 feet, and it came out perfect, landed kind of right on the crown of that ridge there, and the rest is history. He loves, obviously, loves, being in the moment, and that’s where he kind of gets down, focuses and hits those shots. It was fun to see. He looked very comfortable and hit a lot of good shots, and like I said, the times where he’s in the moment and in the heat of contention is where he really shines.”
Tournament leader at the start of play, Spencer Levin, sadly finished four shots off the lead, registering another failure for him to go on and win from a promising position.
World number one Luke Donald finished his last round with a -4 under par 68, for tournament total of -1 under par. Luke somehow has to figure out how to be contention from day one.