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Tiger Woods wins after spectacular chip shot

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Woods delivers magic chip shot

Pulling some magic from his cap on the 16th hole, Tiger Woods held his nerve to secure a two shot win in the Memorial Tournament.

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Tiger Woods birdied three of the last four holes, including an amazing chip-in, to win the Memorial tournament on Sunday and match Jack Nicklaus for second on the all-time win list.

Woods captured his 73rd career title with a five-under par 67 final round putting him on nine-under par 279 after 72 holes and bringing a fifth Memorial crown after victories in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2009.

That shot at 16 was the best I've ever seen here 

Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record of 18 major titles won by Nicklaus, matched Nicklaus for second on the all-time US win list with the victory, moving nine behind Sam Snead's record 82 triumphs.

Incredible shot ... Tiger Woods  reacts after chipping in for a birdie on the 16th hole.

Incredible shot ... Tiger Woods reacts after chipping in for a birdie on the 16th hole. Photo: Reuters

"It has been a pretty nice run since I turned pro," Woods said. "To do it at age 36, that's not too shabby. I have been very proud of what I have done so far. I have a lot of good years ahead of me."

Woods, whose victory margin was two strokes over South African Rory Sabbatini and Argentina's Andres Romero, had not won an event in which he was not the 54-hole leader since 2009.

Woods made a spectacular 48-foot chip-in for a birdie at the par-3 16th, blasting high out of the rough and landing the ball just on the green, then watching it roll into the cup.

Glorious shot ... Tiger Woods and the crowd watch on keenly as his ball trickles towards the hole after his chip at the 16th hole.

Glorious shot ... Tiger Woods and the crowd watch on keenly as his ball trickles towards the hole after his chip at the 16th hole. Photo: Reuters

"That shot at 16 was the best I've ever seen here," Nicklaus told Woods as the winner walked off the course.

"That was the most unbelievable gutsy shot I’ve ever seen," Nicklaus added to watching reporters. "If he is short the tournament is over. If he’s long the tournament is over. And he put it in the hole."

The victory comes two weeks before Woods will try to move closer to Nicklaus on the major win list at the US Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Winner ... Tiger Woods is congratulated by Jack Nicklaus.

Winner ... Tiger Woods is congratulated by Jack Nicklaus. Photo: Reuters

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57 comments

  • The way he closed that tournament out, Tiger is well and truly back...was great to see, and that chip on the 16th, considering the pressure, the lie, and the fact the green was running away from him and water was behind it, was one of the best ever, although I still think his ship in at Augusta a few years ago was probably its equal if not better...

    Commenter
    Col the Pariah
    Location
    Faulco
    Date and time
    June 04, 2012, 9:49AM
    • He hit it.

      It went straight

      It rolled straight.

      How is this such a brilliant shot?

      If he was a park hacker then fair enough, but for a pro you'd expect this sort of thing regularly.

      Commenter
      Rob
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 04, 2012, 9:50AM
      • Kim Jong Il.. is that you?

        Commenter
        Yossarian
        Location
        Hong Kong
        Date and time
        June 04, 2012, 10:29AM
      • Maybe if it was up hill, but it was fast downhill to water. He had a strip the width of a ruler to land it on. Short and he's got the same shot again, long and its wet. How can you say, "that was straight" and think that's what was tough about it? Do you even play golf?

        Commenter
        Pete
        Location
        Marcoola
        Date and time
        June 04, 2012, 11:40AM
      • He was my most excellent student, ball flies straighter than glorious taepodong 2 missile.

        Commenter
        KimJongIl
        Location
        Hell
        Date and time
        June 04, 2012, 12:04PM
      • GOLD RESPONSE!!! Kim Jong Il knew just as much about golf as the O.P. Using the premise that this wasn't a hard shot, can you please explain why scores in the 50's aren't routine?

        I still chuckle every time that dictators "debut round" comes up in discussion - birdies, eagles and double eagles/albatrosses "witnessed" by his impartial bodyguards!!!

        But back to the initial comment - it could take the ENTIRE field of pros and BUCKETS of balls before another shot went in. That was how ridiculous Woods' hole-out in play, with just the one shot, was.

        Commenter
        Mike
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        June 04, 2012, 12:39PM
      • We're all welcome to our opinions, but are you really gonna argue with Jack Nicklaus?? He was there, and presumably you weren't. And, well, he's Jack Nicklaus... lol

        Commenter
        steveh
        Location
        melb
        Date and time
        June 04, 2012, 12:39PM
      • ahh... i think you need your eyes checked @Rob, maybe OPSM. The ball actually deviated twice before going in... check ALL the footage on Youtube buddy. I really do love haters.

        Commenter
        open8ted
        Date and time
        June 04, 2012, 2:58PM
      • The reason it wasn't hard is simple - all it had to do was go low and straight. No compensation for wind or contour and a gentle tap with gravity to draw it downhill.

        Nothing special.

        Tiger has played plenty of far better shots than that.

        as for Nicklaus - he's media these days, he's paid to hype.

        And yes, I do. Off 16 these days. Was 8 at my best but that's a few years ago now.

        Commenter
        Rob
        Location
        rob@napoleons.biz
        Date and time
        June 04, 2012, 5:14PM
      • May as well be this comments stream - it'll pass as a pretty accurate sample of pretty much every Fairfax comments pile: and it's this ...
        Do you trolls have absolutely nothing else to do? People with zero lives, whose only affirmation is stirring up ANY kind of response through the most obviously trolling garbage provocation ...?
        It's obvious, it's boring and juvenile ... why not just go and find a bikie clubhouse and REALLY test out how those inane comments would fare, huh?
        Am I dreaming the impossible dream that ONE day, online newspaper comments columns will be returned to those who like to express a genuinely held, considered opinion?
        Dream on, eh ...

        Commenter
        manystrings
        Location
        SEQld
        Date and time
        June 04, 2012, 5:14PM

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