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Woods rallies for fourth Memorial title



Dublin, OH (Sports Network) - After making bogey on the 16th hole Sunday to fall into a tie for the lead, Tiger Woods birdied the final two holes to win the Memorial Tournament for the fourth time.

Woods closed with a seven-under 65, which was the low round of the day by two strokes, and finished his 67th PGA Tour win at 12-under-par 276, one clear of Jim Furyk.

"I had to make some adjustments and some expectations had to be lowered when I first came back (from knee surgery). It was nice to get a win so early," said Woods, who earned $1.08 million, of his victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

"It was even more gratifying now that I am able to hit shots that I know I can hit again."

The world's No. 1 player hit 49-of-56 fairways this week, which was second best in the field. Woods also tied for third in greens in regulations at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

"The driving this week was nice," said Woods, who hit all 14 fairways on Sunday. "It was coming and it was a matter of time. It finally all came together this week.

Furyk, the 2002 champion, birdied the final hole to take second place at minus-11 thanks to a three-under 69. Jonathan Byrd closed with an even-par 72 to share third place at eight-under-par 280 with Mark Wilson (73).

Woods trailed by four entering the final round, but he started chipping away at that deficit as he poured in a 38-foot birdie putt on the second. Woods sank a seven-footer for birdie on four and got up and down for birdie at the par-five fifth to move to eight-under.

After a par on six, Woods drained a six-footer for birdie on seven and was tied for the lead at minus-nine. However, he just missed the green on the par- three eighth and that led to his first bogey of the round.

Woods parred his next two holes, then chipped in for eagle on the par-five 11th. That moved Woods to 10-under, where he trailed Byrd by one shot.

"You could ask for a worse lie. It was just gnarly," said Woods of his lie behind the green on No. 11. "It just so happened to come out good and went in."

Woods parred his next three holes before a two-putt par on the 15th gave him a share of the lead at 11-under. Woods tripped to a bogey on 16 after missing the green.

That bogey left him in a four-way tie for the lead. (Seven different players shared the top spot on the leaderboard at some point in the final round.)

Woods atoned for that mistake in classic fashion. He dropped his approach within nine feet on the 17th and rolled that putt in for birdie and the lead.

Earlier this week, Woods birdied the 18th to force a playoff in a Skins game and then chipped in on the same hole to win that event.

On Sunday, Woods was almost able to leave the putter in the bag. His second to the par-four closing hole stopped 14 inches from the hole. Woods kicked that in for birdie, and the victory was sealed when neither Furyk nor Byrd could hole their second shot on 18.

"It was a matter of being patient with it," said Woods of the comeback from knee surgery. "It was a matter of time before I could start practicing after rounds again and I have only been doing that for a couple of tournaments. It is just a matter of staying with it and being patient with it. I knew it was coming around, I just haven't been as consistent as I wanted to be."

Furyk did not look like he was going to be a factor on the front nine as he carded two bogeys and two birdies to make the turn in minus-eight.

The 39-year-old birdied the 11th from nine feet out, then got to 10-under with a four-foot birdie effort on 12. Furyk parred the next five holes and briefly was tied for the lead when Woods made bogey on 16.

Furyk needed to hole his second at the last to force a playoff, but instead left himself 22 feet. He drained that putt for birdie to collect his fifth top-10 at the Memorial and second runner-up finish.

Matt Bettencourt, who shared the lead with Wilson entering the final round, stumbled to a three-over 75. He finished in a tie for fifth at six-under-par 282. That is by far his best finish on the PGA Tour. Bettencourt shared fifth with Matt Kuchar (71) and Davis Love III, who had rallied to tie the lead before closing bogey-triple bogey.

Stewart Cink (71) and Ernie Els (72) shared eighth at minus-five.

06/07 19:19:26 ET

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