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Tiger wins Memorial, ties Nicklaus with 73rd title

7:01 PM, Jun 3, 2012   |    comments
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Dublin, OH (Sports Network) - Tiger Woods' win Sunday at the Memorial could be remembered for a lot of things.

It could be remembered for the strong closing stretch -- three birdies in his final four holes -- that propelled him past Rory Sabbatini and to the victory.

It could be remembered for the significant circumstances. The victory, coming at Jack Nicklaus' event, is the 73rd of Woods' career and ties him with Nicklaus for second on the all-time list.

But, more than likely, it will be remembered for the chip shot.

Sitting at seven-under at the 16th hole and trailing Sabbatini by a stroke, Woods lined up a 50-foot downhill chip shot from a good 15 feet off the green. He bounced the ball off a ridge at the edge of the green, and the ball rolled toward the cup, falling in just before it lost momentum.

"I don't think, under the circumstances, I've seen a better shot," Nicklaus said.

It prompted Woods to unleash a tremendous fist pump, and he was left alone in the lead when Sabbatini bogeyed the same hole.

Woods drained another birdie at the last to head into the clubhouse with a five-under 67 and a two-stroke lead.

He finished the tournament at nine-under par 279, while Sabbatini (72) and Andres Romero (67) shared second at seven-under 281.

Third-round leader Spencer Levin struggled to a three-over 75, blowing another chance at his first PGA Tour victory.

At the Phoenix Open in February, Levin carried a six-stroke advantage into the final round but closed with a 75. His lead Sunday was much smaller, but the story was nearly the same. He tied Daniel Summerhays (69) for fourth place, at minus-five.

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