Tiger Woods ties Jack Nicklaus’ record with an incredible final four hole burst at the Memorial Tournament.
Tiger Woods holes out from greenside on 16 and makes three birdies over his final four holes to win by two shots. This could easily have been pulled straight from the highlights of the 2005 US Masters, but it all took place this morning at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.
Woods was a shot behind Rory Sabbatini when he found his ball behind the 16th green, with very few people expecting him to make it up-and-down. In a way, they were right. Woods did not make the up-and-down but nailed an incredible lob shot into the hole that Lefty would be proud of, and left Nicklaus amazed.
“The most unbelievable, gutsy shot I’ve ever seen,” Nicklaus said. “Look at the position he was in. If he’s short, the tournament is over. If he’s long, the tournament is over. He puts it in the hole.”
The victory was Tiger Woods’ 73rd PGA Tour and ties Nicklaus’ long standing record of most PGA Tour wins. It was made even more poignant at the Memorial Tournament which was founded by Nicklaus who was on hand and one of the first to congratulate Woods on the achievement.
After some really poor tournaments from Woods, he now moves to number four in the world golf rankings and suddenly looms as a real threat at the US Open beginning next week in San Francisco.