Woods Falls Back into Form: Wins Memorial by One Shot

Rory BarnettContributor IJune 7, 2009

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 07: Tiger Woods watches his birdie putt fall in on the 17th hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament on June 7, 2009 at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods stared down his approach shot on the 17th, then felt the roar of the crowd as his ball rolled within seven feet of the hole. He would then birdie the last two holes en route to a one-stroke victory at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

Its his fourth Memorial title in his career and his second win this season. He had to overcome three veteran heavyweights such as Jim Furyk, Davis Love III, and Geoff Ogilvy, who have three major tournament victories combined. But Woods has never showed any nerves in his 14th year on the PGA Tour.

His driving accuracy in his final round should prove that point. For the first time since 2002, he hit all 14 fairways. And even more impressive was that he hit 49 out of 56 fairways for the tournament, which equalled his best driving performance since the '98 Masters, not a small feat to accomplish, indeed. His short game was impressive as well. He holed a 44 foot wedge shot for eagle on No. 11.

But it wasn't a major tournament victory.

"Unfortunately this wasn't for a major," Woods said. "I couldn't hit it any better than I did."

So now we turn to the U.S Open, which starts in two weeks at Bethpage in Long Island, New York. Woods won the title back in 2002, the last time it was staged there and he's hoping to match that feat this year. Yes, his knee is definitely back to 100 percent since his surgery back in the summer of 2008. But the million dollar question is, will it still be in two weeks? My money says yes.