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Woods storms to Memorial success

FINAL ROUND LEADERBOARD:
(US unless stated)
-12 T Woods -11 J Furyk -8 J Byrd, M Wilson -6 M Kuchar, D Love III, M Bettencourt
Selected others: -5 E Els (SA) -4 M Weir (Can), G Ogilvy (Aus) -2 L Donald (Eng) +6 I Poulter (Eng) +8 P Casey (Eng)


Tiger Woods celebrates at Muirfield, Ohio
Woods is in great form ahead of the US Open in a fortnight's time

Tiger Woods came from four shots behind to win the Memorial Tournament by a shot, sealing his 67th PGA Tour victory with a birdie-birdie finish.

He pipped fellow American Jim Furyk to the title, sinking a nine-footer at the 17th before hitting his approach to 14 inches at the par-four last.

He tapped in the putt for his seventh birdie of the day and a seven-under-par 65 at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

It was a record fourth victory in the event for the world number one.

Furyk finished alone in second, rolling in a 22-foot birdie putt at the 18th for a 69.

American Jonathan Byrd, who held a two-shot lead with six holes to play, battled over the tough closing stretch to card a 72 and share third place at eight under with compatriot Mark Wilson.

Tour veteran Davis Love III was a further two strokes back after closing with a 73, level with Americans Matt Kuchar (71) and co-leader overnight Matt Bettencourt (75).

Woods, sidelined for the second half of last year while recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, was delighted to win his second PGA Tour title this season in just seven starts.

"It was just about being patient," said the 33-year-old.

"It was a matter of time because I was able to start practising after rounds again, and I had only been doing that for a couple of tournaments. I knew it was coming around."

Woods hit a perfect 14 of 14 fairways in Sunday's final round.

"The driving this week was nice," he said. "It was coming. It was just a matter of time. I finally put it together this week."



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see also
Furyk and Byrd take Memorial lead
05 Jun 09 |  Golf
Donald takes charge in Memorial
04 Jun 09 |  Golf
Woods continues US Open build-up
03 Jun 09 |  Golf
Mickelson to compete in US Open
02 Jun 09 |  Golf


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