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June 4 2012

3:30 AM

Notes from inside the ropes

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Tiger Woods' pitch-in from just inside 50 feet on the 16th drew a great roar from the crowd.
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. 16th hole: 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. Patience: 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. Caddie: 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. Transition: 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 final nine. Spinnage: 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 presented by Nationwide Insurance. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here.
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