Tiger wins Memorial to match Nicklaus on 73 wins
Woods captured his 73rd career title with a five-under par 67 final round, putting him on nine-under par 279 after 72 holes, two strokes ahead of South African Rory Sabbatini and Argentina’s Andres Romero.
“I hit it good today,” Woods said. “That was some good stuff out there. I never really missed a shot. I hit it great. I had the pace of the greens really nice and I made a few putts.”
Added to the legend of Woods was another spectacular shot — the superstar blasting out of the rough for a 48-foot chip-in birdie on the par-3 16th hole to seize a share of the lead.
“That was one of the most incredible golf shots I think you will ever see played,” said Nicklaus, serving as a US television commentator.
“That was an unbelievable shot. That was the most unbelievable gutsy shot I’ve ever seen. If he hits it long the tournament is over. If he hits it short the tournament is over. He puts it in the hole.”
Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record of 18 major titles won by Nicklaus, pulled even with the legend in all-time US PGA wins, both now nine adrift of Sam Snead’s record 82 triumphs.