Memorial Tournament 2012: Tiger Woods Finishes Strong to Win

Carlos TorresContributor IJune 3, 2012

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 03:  Tiger Woods celebrates after chipping in for birdie on the par 3 16th hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 3, 2012 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods birdied three of the last four holes and shot a five-under 67 to win the Memorial Tournament for the fifth time.

He finished with a total of nine-under for the tournament. He won by two shots over Rory Sabbatini and Andres Romero.

After his two-putt on hole 15, Woods started his strong finish on the par-three hole 16. With his second shot from the left side rough 17 yards away, Woods made a miracle shot.

He sank the birdie shot to get to eight under and tie Sabbatini for the lead.

The fist pump and the thunderous crowd roar were back after Woods made the shot of the tournament.

Sabbatini then bogeyed hole 16 and fell off the lead, putting the tournament in Woods' hands to close it out.

On hole 18, Woods used a nine-iron for his approach. Just like he has done before at this hole, he shot the ball to the top-right side of the green.

It curled it back down towards the hole, stopping short of the cup.

With Nicklaus and the crowd providing a standing ovation to Woods as he approached the green on hole 18, you could feel the tournament-sealing birdie about to come.

Woods then lined up the short birdie-putt and got it to go, locking in the tournament.

Sabbatini would have to come get him and hit a miracle second shot on the hole 18 but, unfortunately for him, it didn't happen. He hit a mile-high lob shot that went beyond the hole, handing Woods the tournament.

It is only fitting that Woods tied Jack Nicklaus in all-time wins. This was Woods 73rd PGA win, tying him with Nicklaus for second all-time—nine behind Sam Snead's 82.

Woods will take home $1.116 million of the $6.20 million purse for his efforts during the week. He moved into third place in FedEx Cup points standings.

This was Wood's second win this year. Now, he has won tournaments of two golf legends— Arnold Palmer Invitational and Jack Nicklaus Memorial Tournament.

There is a long road ahead before he claims he is back. But, the clutch shot on hole 16 and the way he closed this tournament out bodes well for his chances at the upcoming U.S. Open.