Woods rallies to win 73rd PGA title
TIGER WOODS rallied from four shots down to capture his 73rd career win in PGA Tour on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
The total matched that of his idol Jack Nicklaus for second all-time, behind Sam Snead’s 82. The timing couldn’t have been better as he did it at the Memorial, a tournament built by Nicklaus himself.
Woods birdied three of the last four holes to close with a 5-under 67 and turn a two-shot deficit into a two-shot victory over Rory Sabbatini and Andres Romero.
He also provided a highlight that left everyone buzzing.
After a two-putt birdie on the 15th, Woods hit 8-iron over the green at the par-3 16th and into an impossible lie. It was buried in deep rough, the pin 50 feet away along a ridge. Woods hit a full flop shot, hopeful to give himself a reasonable putt for par. Far more likely was the ball going short and down a slope away from the pin, or coming out too strong and rolling into the water.
He ended up with an improbable birdie.
”I don’t think under the circumstances I’ve ever seen a better shot,” Nicklaus said.
Woods, who finished at 9-under 279, won the Memorial for the fifth time. At age 36, he is 10 years younger than Nicklaus when the Golden Bear won his 73rd tournament at the 1986 Masters.
He was four shots behind overnight leader Spencer Levin heading into the final round. Noli S. Cruz