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Tiger Woods still has a flair for the dramatic — Three birdies in four holes. A miraculous chip-in on the par-3 16th. And a closing birdie to seal the tournament. Yep, Tiger Woods still has the flair for the dramatic. Despite struggling with his short game for much of the week, Woods managed to put it all together when it mattered most on Sunday. He managed to break the official tournament win drought back in March at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but he did so with a sizable lead. For the first time in a while we were able to see Woods thrive in a position he used to love being in, sitting four shots back of the lead with a couple inexperienced names in front of him. He's now one of only six players in golf to have multiple wins this year. Not bad for a guy who was laboring with his swing for the last couple months.
We have an Andres Romero sighting in Ohio — There was a point, about four years ago, where we all thought Andres Romero was the next big thing. After winning in his first year as a pro, in 2008, at the Zurich Classic, it appeared as if the stars were aligned for the 27-year-old Argentine. But like a number of good, young players over the years, Romero struggled to find his place on the PGA Tour, never finishing higher than 66th in the FedEx Cup standings after having a $2 million-plus season in 2008. The second-place finish at the Memorial was his first runner-up or better since his win at the Zurich; it was also his second top 10 and eighth made cut (in 14 events) this season. If anyone needed a confidence boost, it was Romero.
More struggles for Spencer Levin and Rory Sabbatini — It's hard to stay in the moment when you have Tiger Woods in your rearview mirror. Spencer Levin and Rory Sabbatini learned that the hard way on the back nine, as both stumbled down the stretch to lose the tournament. This wasn't Levin's first Sunday struggle this year; he blew a lead earlier at the Phoenix Open earlier in the season. And Sabbatini, like Levin, has endured his own struggles, posting two top-10 finishes in only eight made cuts (in 16 events). Better luck next time, guys.
This was clearly the shot of the tournament — Every tournament has a shot you can look back on and say, "Yep, that's the shot that won him the tournament." For Tiger Woods, that shot was his second on the par-3 16th hole. Looking at a chip shot that had a success rate of less than 10 percent, Woods laughed at the odds and pulled off the impossible. Seriously, just take another look at how good this shot was.
Bubba misses out on the weekend — You had to figure Bubba Watson would have some competitive rust after taking the last month off to spend time with his wife and new baby. And it certainly showed over the first two days, as the Masters champ averaged two putts per GIR (T109 in the field) and hit roughly half of his greens in regulation (52.8 percent; T72). He'll take another week off before heading to the U.S. Open in a week. Considering how tight Olympic Club will be playing and Watson's lack of tournament reps, you may want to hold off on the "Bubba Slam" comments.
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