Sunday, June 3, 2012
Woods scrambles through familiar scenario
Getty Images/Scott HalleranIn 2009, Tiger Woods trailed at the Memorial Tournament by four shots after 54 holes. He came from behind to win.
From start to finish, Tiger Woods was at his best on Sunday.
Woods entered Sunday’s final round at the Memorial trailing by four shots. He came back to win again. In doing so, he matched Jack Nicklaus for second place on the PGA Tour wins list with his 73rd. Sam Snead still ranks ahead of Woods with 82.
Let’s run through our best notes, stats, and trends from Woods’ comeback win.
This was Woods fifth career victory at the Memorial. He’s now won six different PGA Tour events at least five times. The only other players in PGA Tour history to even do that in three events are Snead and Nicklaus.
Woods’ five wins are the most of anyone at the Memorial Tournament. Kenny Perry ranks second in wins there with three.
Woods has won the Memorial five times, most in the tournament’s history. Woods has finished in the top-ten eight times in 12 career starts at Jack’s event, and is a combined 121 strokes under par there in his career.
Keys to Victory
Including a hole-out for birdie on No. 16 to tie for the lead Sunday, Woods scrambled from the rough to make at least par six of eight times this week, tied for third-best in the field.
Woods entered the week getting up and down 53 percent of the time from the rough this season, 131st on the PGA Tour.
In his two wins this season, Woods led or tied for the lead in par-5 scoring average.
Woods has finished outside the top-20 in par-5 scoring in three events that he completed this season. In those events, he tied for 40th twice and missed the cut. For the season, Woods is tied for eighth on the PGA Tour in par-5 scoring average.
This is the fifth time Woods won this tournament entering the U.S. Open. He's finished at least tied for 12th each of the previous four times, with three top-10 finishes and a victory in 2000.
Did You Know?
This was the 12th time that Woods won a PGA Tournament event in Ohio. The only states in which he’s won more are California and Florida (13 each).