By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Tiger Woods officially committed to the Memorial tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance on Tuesday.
"I always look forward to playing in Jack's tournament," Woods said on his website. "It's a wonderful course, and we are always treated well. We, as players, are very appreciative of what he has meant to the game."
The tournament is May 30-June 2 at Muirfield Village.
Last year, Woods shot a final-round 67 to win by two, becoming the first player in the tournament's history to win it five times. He also won there in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2009.
Woods is coming off his fourth victory of the season Sunday at THE PLAYERS Championship. He has four wins in seven starts this year and 78 for his career on the PGA TOUR.
Last year's victory at Muirfield Village was his 73rd, tying him at the time with tournament host Jack Nicklaus. Woods has won five times since and is second to only Sam Snead and his 82 career wins.
Selective amnesia worked quite well for Tiger Woods on Sunday. (Heathcote/Getty Images)
By Dr. Gregg Steinberg, Special to PGATOUR.COM
During the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, Tiger Woods hit one of his worst tee shots on the 14th hole. He hit a pop up left that hooked into the water. He proceeded to make a double bogey. This shot could have started a train wreck on such a difficult and treacherous course, but it did not. Tiger said that he just “forgot about it”, and moved onto the 15th hole where, in his words, hit one of his best tee shots of the day.
When I do golf psychology seminars around the country, I always get the question “What is one main difference between the great players on the PGA TOUR that win and those players that choke under pressure?” My answer is that the great ones have “selective amnesia.”
Woods is phenomenal in his ability to forget about his bad shots. He can quickly let go of any negative images in his mind from the past. This ability has led to his great resiliency to hit bad shots but then rebound to victory, as demonstrated by his win at THE PLAYERS Championship.
Instead of selective amnesia, most amateur golfers have rapid recall of their worst shots and “choking” moments. They don’t remember the first four holes in which they hit a beautiful tee shot, but instead, that snap hook from the fifth hole will linger in their mind for the entire round.
If Woods can hit a pop up that ends in the water, and quickly move on, so can you. You will always hit a few real stinkers during the round. You are only human. However, rapid recall of this negative baggage will only hurt your chances of finishing the round off strongly and with a great score.
We are told that forgetfulness is a bad trait. That’s true when it comes to forgetting where you put your keys or your wallet. However, forgetfulness can be a very desirable trait on the golf course, especially when it concerns your history of bad shots.
Bio: Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a regular guest every Tuesday on “Talk of the Tour” heard on the Sirius/XM PGA TOUR radio. He is a tenured professor of sports psychology and has been the mental game coach for many PGA TOUR players as well as top collegiate and junior golfer. Dr. Gregg is the author of the best selling golf psychology book, MentalRules for Golf, and you can get your autographed copy at www.drgreggsteinberg.com.
Boo Weekley led the field in driving accuracy and proximity. He finished T48. (Revere/Getty Images)
|THE PLAYERS Championship
|Driving Distance||288.4 (T22)||Louis Oosthuizen (300.6 yards)||T19
|Driving Accuracy||67.86% (T19)||R. Castro, B. Weekley (83.93%)||T19/T48
|Strokes Gained-Putting||.445 (38th)
||Martin Laird (2.049)
|Greens in Regulation||76.39% (T3)||Matt Every (79.17%)
|Proximity to Hole||34'-5" (T24)
||Boo Weekley (30'-8")
|Scrambling||70.59% (6th)||Luke Donald (79.31%)
WEEKLY PERFORMANCE STATS ARCHIVE
Week 2: Sony Open in Hawaii
Week 4: Farmers Insurance Open
Week 5: Waste Management Phoenix Open
Week 7: Northern Trust Open
Week 8: The Honda Classic
Week 9: WGC Cadillac & Puerto Rico Open
Week 12: Shell Houston Open
Week 13: Valero Texas Open
Week 14: The Masters
Week 15: RBC Heritage
Week 16: Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Week 17: Wells Fargo Championship
By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods was the only one standing at the end and holding his second PLAYERS Championship trophy.
Jack Nicklaus used to make a comparison between major championships and amusement rides. He said he would envision the other players trying to hold on to a carnival carousel. Nicklaus would just hold on tight while other players fell off until he was the only one left. That's what happened on the back nine at TPC Sawgrass. There was a four-way tie for the lead with four holes remaining, and one by one the contenders fell. Jeff Maggert hit into the water on the 17th. David Lingmerth bogeyed the 14th and missed his chances for birdie at both 17 and 18. Sergio held on until splashing two balls at the 17th. It became a battle of attrition. Tiger Woods had his own troubles with a double at the 14th. He did not charge to victory but simply let the others fall off the ride.
Key shot: Golf fans may not remember Tiger Woods' par on the 15th hole but it was a key shot. From 31 feet away, he got up and down from a grass bunker, making an eight-foot putt. Woods was coming off a double bogey on the 14th and another mistake would have been huge. His par save at the 15th hole was a tournament saver.
Draw: Tiger Woods still struggles to hit a draw with his driver. He has trouble with the quick miss to the left and relies on a fairway metal when he needs to work the ball right to left. He hit fairway metal on the 14th and a pop-up hook went into the water. His drive on the 18th was equally intimidating but he drilled that one into the middle of the fairway. There is still work to do on the range for Woods but he ended the week ranked in the top 20 of fairways hit and third in greens in regulation.
Dialed in: Players arrived just as dawn broke at TPC Sawgrass to complete the third round and were faced with tremendously difficult shots. David Lingmerth began with a drive on the 18th. Ryan Palmer with the tee shot on the 17th. There was a flagstick exactly 122 yards away on the range, the same distance at the 17th. Palmer hit several wedges, dialed in his distance and made birdie.
Big bogey: David Lingmerth should take nothing but positives out of this week. The PGA TOUR rookie shared second place and had a chance to win. However, his bogey on the final hole was very profitable for both Jeff Maggert and Kevin Streelman. Instead of sharing third place, they moved into a second place tie. That was a huge bump in money and FedExCup points. Kevin Streelman jumped into third place in the standings and Maggert is 73rd. Lingmerth's bogey cost him some money but it's the middle of May and he has already won enough money to be exempt next season, plus he's 31st in FedExCup points. That is great for a PGA TOUR rookie.
Splash: It's hard to find a positive for Sergio Garcia. His pitching wedge into the 17th was never close to finding the green. He followed up with another ball into the water and found the lake on the 18th hole as well. The last two mistakes mean little and can be attributed to a lack of concentration following a huge disappointment. Garcia lost his chance to win the tournament after hitting his first shot into the water at 17 and you have to wonder if nerves played a role in the bad shot. Garcia told everyone he did not “have what it takes” to win a major after a disappointing day at the Masters last year. Sunday's final round result will have people questioning him again. To his credit he smiled following the round and did interviews. Sergio attributed his tee ball at the 17th to over-confidence and adrenaline.
Hole locations: There were eight cups cut four paces or fewer from the edge of greens on the front nine. Only the eighth hole was cut in the center of the green. There was also a new final-round hole location on the 18th. Six paces from the front of the green and three yards from the left side. The new location was hoped to create excitement bringing both birdie and water into play. It delivered.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here.
Tiger Woods won his second PLAYERS Championship on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass. With this victory, Woods ...
• Earns 600 FedExCup points to reach a season total of
2,340. Woods had 2,269 points last year when he was ranked No. 1
entering the Playoffs
• Claims his 78th career PGA TOUR victory at the age of 37 years, 4 months and 12 days in his 286th professional start on TOUR (300th overall)
• Picks up his fourth victory of the 2013 season. Woods has never had four victories by mid-May of any season on TOUR
• Wins for the seventh time in his last 22 starts and for the 16th time in the state of Florida -- most of any state
• Becomes the third consecutive PLAYERS champion to finish at 13-under 275
• Becomes the sixth competitor to win multiple times in the 40-year history of THE PLAYERS
• Completes four rounds at par-or-better at TPC Sawgrass for the first time since 2003
• Has now converted 52 of 56 third-round leads/co-leads into victories in 72-hole PGA TOUR events.
Tiger Woods carded a 2-under 70 in the final round to win THE PLAYERS Championship on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
It is Woods' second win at THE PLAYERS, his fourth of 2013 and the 78th of his career.
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods hit his tee shot on the 14th hole into the water that runs down the left side of the fairway. He took a drop, hit his third shot short of the green, chipped on and two-putted for a double bogey.
After conferring with THE PLAYERS Rules Committee, the PGA TOUR Communications Department issued the following:
"Without definitive evidence, the point where Woods' ball last crossed the lateral water hazard is determined through best judgement by Woods and his fellow competitor. If that point later proves to be a wrong point (through television or other means), the player is not penalized by Rule 26-1 given the fact that a competitor would risk incurring a penalty every time he makes an honest judgment as to the point where his ball last crosses a water-hazard margin and that judgment subsequently proves incorrect (Decision 26-1/17)."
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods stepped on the 14th tee with a two-shot lead, but he walked off the green in a four-way tie after suffering a double bogey.
On his downswing during his initial swing on the tee at 14, Woods stopped short because of an insect. After re-setting, his tee shot landed in the water to the left of the fairway. He faced an awkward second shot after his drop, with the ball above his feet and sitting in the sliver of rough between the bunker and water.
While taking his drop, David Lingmerth and Sergio Garcia were each making birdies at the 13th to move to 12 under.
The shot came up short of the green and Tiger chipped to 6 feet. But he missed the bogey putt, dropping from 14 under to 12 under.
It was Tiger's first missed putt all week between 4 and 8 feet.
That put him in a tie with Lingmerth, Garcia and Jeff Maggert.