Tiger settles for final-round 72 at Memorial

Oscar Cross
June 4, 2018

Bryson DeChambeau has fended off a packed leaderboard including Tiger Woods to take the 54-hole lead at the US PGA Tour's Memorial tournament.

On Thursday, Woods started on the more hard back nine, played his first two par-5s in three over and stood at four over after seven holes.

Kyle Stanley also was in the playoff and was eliminated with a bogey on the first extra hole.

Asked if his game was good enough to win, Woods said: "Well, I was 11 under par, and I had wasted a bunch of shots the last two days, and I was four over par in the first round".

"No matter if you're one back or tied for the lead every hole is an opportunity to make a birdie and that's just what I'm going to try and do every single day".

Three of the big guns - Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose - made significant progress in the third round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, Ohio, and each has a chance of winning today. Woods shot a sublime 95-yard wedge within a few feet of the hole and the crowd went wild as the perfectly executed backspin brought the ball into the hole.

"I can't believe I did it", DeChambeau said.

A 90-minute weather day seemed to boring his momentum as the former world number one made pars on the next three holes but he snatched his fifth birdie at 15 before giving the shot back at the 17th to finish on a combined 139.

He didn't get it, though, as he shot an even-par 72 and stayed at 9 under overall for the tournament. And then he three-putted two of the last three holes, missing a par putt just over 3 feet on the 18th, and all he had to show for it was a 68. Woods ran his 45-foot birdie putt about 7 feet by on the par-3 16th and missed it coming back, and then closed by missing a 3-foot par putt.

"I shot 68 today but, again, that's probably the highest score I could have possibly shot today", he said. Woods needs to be 50th in the world following The Open or the Canadian Open in July to secure a place in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, to be played at Firestone Country Club for the last time.

For 72 holes, Woods was -7.695 meaning he gave up more than 7 shots on the greens; had that number been 0, in theory he would have finished seven strokes better and been leading or certainly in a position to chase down eventual playoff victor Bryson DeChambeau. What if, by the time the putter cooperates, the short-range makes are for bogeys instead of birdies?

Former world No.1 Day double-bogeyed the 18th on Saturday to shoot 74 and fall back to six under, one shot ahead of Marc Leishman after the Victorian carded a 67.

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