Tiger Woods' pitch-in from just
inside 50 feet on the 16th drew a great roar from the
By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
Shot of the day:
There is no doubt Tiger Woods'
chip on the 16th hole was the most important shot of the day and
week. From 49-feet, 10-inches away, Woods floated a chip over a
ridge that perfectly caught the slope the tumbled into the cup.
It was the kind of shot we expected out of Woods before his
recent struggles. The birdie captivated the gallery with a chorus
of applause that was audible throughout the course. Woods
followed that with a 174-yard 9-iron to 9 feet at the 18th to
finish with finish with birdies on three of his last four holes.
It's the kind of finish that not only won a tournament but might
reinvigorate Woods' career.
The par-3 16th hole was the toughest
of the day and the week. Only 10 of 71 players hit the green on
Sunday and there were just four birdies. Why so hard? Players say
the green, which was redone two years ago, is still much firmer
than other putting surfaces at Muirfield Village. Players hitting
6-irons into the green saw shots repeatedly take one hop and
jumped into the rough.
Somewhere in the last two weeks, Rory
Sabbatini found some game and some patience. I walked with him in
Dallas, just two weeks ago, and he seemed lost. When Sabbatini
bogeyed two of his first three holes on Saturday, I wondered if
he would have the patience to remain in contention. He absolutely
did. Woods won the tournament but Rory gained confidence.
Spencer Levin's caddie has more work to
do this week. John Turcotte will play for a slot in the U.S. Open
on Monday. He qualified for the final round of open qualifying
and will attempt to gain a slot at The Olympic Club.
Spencer Levin had a tough finish but
did find some magic with his putter. Early in the week, he worked
on the transition in his stroke and was able to slow the process
which kept the putter head on-line. The stroke that worked so
well for 63 holes got a little quick under the pressure of the
Rory Sabbatini is the No. 1-ranked
wedge player on the PGA TOUR from 75-100 yards. He is able to
control the amount of spin on his golf ball and the direction of
the spin. Sabbatini works the ball into and off slopes with a
left or right spin as needed. It's not just the fact he can spin
the ball, Rory can also control the amount of spin and that makes
him such a good wedge player.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
and inside the ropes this week at the Memorial Tournament
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