Tiger settles for final-round 72 at Memorial


Bryson DeChambeau finally got it right on his third try at the 18th hole and won the Memorial in a playoff on Sunday.

He was briefly tied for the lead Saturday until three-putt bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes, and he had to settle for a 68.

Meanwhile, Woods was first in the field in strokes gained, tee to green; first in strokes gained, approach to the green; and first in proximity to the hole, with an average of 23 feet, 8 inches.

As a result, he slipped out of the top 20 for the week as the leaders and those around Woods surged ahead on a day when the scoring average was under par.

DeChambeau, who began the day with a one-shot lead, had a chance in regulation to secure his second win on the PGA Tour but his celebration was put on hold after he missed his par putt from eight feet at the last.

What a putt. What a reaction.

Earlier this year, DeChambeau was in position to win an event where a golfing legend served as a longtime host (the Arnold Palmer Invitational) before Rory McIlroy went on a late run of birdies to run away from the field. "It's 3 1/2 inches up the straight putt and for me that's about 2 inches out on the right", he explained.

If you're a Tiger fan, the exciting news heading into the U.S. Open in two weeks is that this is as good as he's looked all year - and probably in the last half decade - from a swing standpoint.

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DeChambeau, 24, tops the leaderboard on 14-under 202 after a bogey-free third round at Muirfield Village Golf Club, with Chilean Joaquin Niemann (70), Patrick Cantlay (66) and Kyle Stanley (70) a shot back tied for second.

Tiger could easily have the lead at this point, but struggled with the putter and finds himself four shots back of the leader, Joaquin Niemann, who is looking to become the youngest victor on the PGA Tour since 1931.

That was of little consolation to Woods, who had an eagle and three birdies on the front side to shoot 31, only to play the closing nine holes in 1 over.

"I missed a lot of short putts which is something I don't normally do, which is just frustrating". Rose last week became the fifth player with multiple victories on the PGA Tour this year, joining Thomas, Bubba Watson, Patton Kizzire and Jason Day.

And he was again trying to keep things in perspective, having played his ninth tournament of the year. He would make a bogey 5.

DeChambeau failed to take advantage, however, three-putting from 55 feet to fall into the three-way playoff.

On the second playoff hole, also the 18th, both players found the fairway. He hit a flop shot to a few feet and was certain to get par when DeChambeau ended it with his birdie putt.