Tiger Woods Wins Memorial Tournament with Fantastic Chip Shot: A Fan’s Take

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While everyone else around him struggled on the final day of the Memorial Tournament, Tiger Woods was able to pull through and win his second tournament of the year, tying Jack Nicklaus on the all-time PGA Tour wins list with 73.

Heading into the final round of the Memorial Tournament, Spencer Levin held a one shot lead over Rory Sabbatini, with Tiger Woods four shots back. Levin held a similar lead at the WM Phoenix Open back in February only to shoot a final round 75 and finish in third place. On Sunday, it didn't look as though it would happen again on the front nine, as Levin was able to skirt trouble and finished at one under. However, Tiger came out on fire to start his round, making birdie on four of his first seven holes. He slipped up a bit by bogeying holes 8 and 10, but certainly had something up his sleeve on the final few holes.

It all started on the fifteenth hole, where Tiger took advantage of the easy par five and made birdie. After that hole, Tiger was in second place behind Rory Sabbatini by one shot, while Spencer Levin had completely collapsed to begin the back nine with two bogeys and a double bogey. The key hole of the tournament was hole 16, a somewhat lengthy par 3 with water all down the left side. Tiger hit his tee shot long right into the rough, and had a downhill chip towards the hole with water just a few feet beyond. If he mishit the shot by just a little bit, it could have easily gone into the water.

Woods then pulled a "Mickelson flop" shot that landed about two feet on the green, and somewhat similar to the Masters a few years ago, the ball kept rolling until it dropped right in the cup for birdie. Sabbatini in the group behind made bogey after failing to get a sand save out of the right greenside bunker, and it was all but over after that. Tiger put the icing on the cake on hole 18, where he hit a great iron shot that ended up about eight feet from the hole and went on to make the birdie for a two shot victory.

Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade.

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