Tiger Woods: Golf fans SLAM star after incredible Memorial Tournament recovery

Tiger Woods: Golf fans SLAM star after incredible Memorial Tournament recovery

Tiger Woods: Golf fans SLAM star after incredible Memorial Tournament recovery

He missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole, and then missed a birdie putt from 4 feet on the par-5 15th. "I played beautifully, actually, had total control of what I was doing out there and just didn't finish it off".

That gave him a one-shot lead going into the final round, which features Woods in the mix at Muirfield Village for the first time in six years. The 54-hole leader struggled all day to find fairways, only hitting five of 14 in regulation Sunday, yet still found a way to play his first 17 holes in 2 under. Woods gained 14 strokes on the field from tee to green this week, which was No. 1 in the field, but he couldn't putt it in the ocean.

This is the third time this year Woods has gone into the final round within five shots of the lead.

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Ryan Armour, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and defending champion Jason Dufner were among those in the field at the outset.

"If I just putt normally, I probably would be right there with those guys and up there in the last couple of groups", Woods said. "This week I didn't really have, didn't feel comfortable with my lines and my feel was a little bit off", said Woods, who tied for 23rd after a closing 72.

"I'm happy with the way I hung in there, pretty sour way to end the tournament, but all in all I feel like I did a lot of good things this week and we'll take the positives from it". An hit a remarkable flop shot to within a few feet, meaning he would nearly certainly make par. DeChambeau and science made sure of that. But deep within that big brain - DeChambeau contends - is an artist.

And golf fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration. 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, playing nearly flawlessly from tee to green, teased the entire tournament when he tied for the lead at 11-under with a birdie on No. 15. For Woods, the mad scientist's approach is more than a curiosity, it's an appreciation. "You get guys that never want to know anything, like Bubba [Watson]".

Stanley was also happy with the way he has been hitting the ball. And then one bad break almost ended it for Stanley.

"This game, you can play it however you want to play it, as long as you have your own way and your own method and you're confident in what it does".

For now, Woods said he will spend his time at home practicing before heading to Shinnecock, where he spent two days earlier this week.

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