Woods is back with record win at Memorial

Tiger Woods has won the 2012 Memorial Tournament for the fifth time buoyed by a chip-in birdie at the 16th hole that Jack Nicklaus, who hosts the tournament, said was the “best I’ve ever seen here”.

Woods closed the day with a five-under 67 to tie for the low round of the day.

Ironically, his victory also takes him in to a tie for second place with Nicklaus on the PGA TOUR’s title list with 73 career wins.

Woods is ten years younger than Nicklaus was when he won his 73rd at the 1986 Masters aged 46. Sam Snead heads the all-time victory list with 82.

“It’s special. He (Nicklaus) was there as I walked off the green, but I had some work to do.”

“He means a lot to all of us as players, and we all looked up to him, and he’s the greatest champion that’s ever lived.”

Woods, who entered the final round four shots off the pace set by overnight leader Spencer Levin, made his intentions known early with four birdies over his first seven holes.

Back to back bogeys followed at the 8th and 10th before Woods pulled out the miracle that he needed and reeled off three birdies over his closing four holes to lock out Andres Romero and Rory Sabbatini by two strokes.

“Boy, I hit it good today. That was some good stuff out there. I never really missed a shot today. It was just, as Sean likes to say, good out there and put on a stripe show, and I did today.” “

“I hit it great, and I had the pace of the greens really nice today, where I struggled yesterday, and made a few putts.”

Woods’ second victory of the season moves him to third on the FedExCup standings.

The world number nine will now turn his attention to move closer to breaking another one of Nicklaus’ records when he tees it up at the US Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco from June 14.

Aaron Baddeley finished the best of the Australians in equal 9th (69-72-73-72) with Nick O’Hern and Greg Chalmers closing in a tie for 38th at +4.

Adam Scott (T46), Rod Pampling (T46), Robert Allenby (T56), Geoff Ogilvy (T58) and Marc Leishman (T58) round out the Aussies who made it through to the weekend.