Date: June 04, 2012

Woods ties Nicklaus with 73rd PGA Tour win

Tiger Woods holed a spectacular chip on the 16th hole at Muirfield Village to win his 73rd PGA Tour title by two shots at The Memorial tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Woods began the final round four strokes behind leader Spencer Levin but started well with four birdies in his opening seven holes. A bogey at the Par 3 8th had him at 3 under as he made the turn. Despite a bogey on 10, birdies on 15,16 and 18 sealed a two shot victory over Argentine Andres Romero and South African Rory Sabbatini who finished with an even par 72. “Boy, I hit it good today,” a smiling Woods said after clinching his first PGA Tour victory since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March of the season in his final appearance before the U.S. Open. “That was some good stuff out there. “I hardly missed a shot today. I had the pace of the greens really nice today and I made a few putts.” Woods finished with a nine-under total of 279, moving level with Jack Nicklaus in second place in the all-time standings for career victories on the PGA Tour. Nicklaus also has 73 PGA Tour wins while Sam Snead leads the way with 82. “It&aposs been a nice run since I turned pro,” Woods said of moving past Nicklaus&apos total of PGA Tour career wins. “To do it at age 36 is not too shabby. I feel very proud of what I&aposve done so far and I think I&aposve still got a few good years in front of me.” Tournament host Nicklaus lavished praise on the shot of the tournament. “That was the most unbelievable, gutsy shot I have ever seen,” Nicklaus said on the CBS telecast of the Woods chip-in on 16. “Look at the position he was in. If he&aposs short, the tournament is over. If he is long, the tournament is over. He put it in the hole.”