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Victories Tiger Woods


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a lie that was challenging to say the least. He faced a shot to a green that was lightening fast and ran away from him towards the pond guarding the front of the green. Other than that, it was a piece of cake. He took a 60-degree wedge and, hoping to just get


it close enough to salvage par, ran it into the hole.


Cue the commentary from Tournament Host and Founder, Jack Nicklaus. “If he’s short, he loses the Tournament,” Nicklaus said. “If he’s long, he’s in the water. So he takes a full swing and lands it exactly


“I have seen a lot of shots in golf, but I


don’t think I’ve ever


seen a better one.” – Jack Nicklaus on


Tiger Woods’ shot on No. 16


where he has to land it and it trickled into the hole like a little 2-foot putt.


Tiger Woods after winning the 2012 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.


WHEN HE FINALLY DECIDES TO HANG IT UP, Tiger Woods will have one of the greatest highlight reels in golf history—a “Greatest Moments” collection, that will surely include a shot he played at last year’s Memorial Tournament presented


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by Nationwide Insurance that helped ice the victory for him. Let’s go to the videotape… Woods came to the menacing 205-yard,


par-3 16th one stroke off the lead. He hit an 8-iron over the back-right side of the green into


“I’ve seen a lot of shots in golf, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better one.” A few minutes later, South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini failed to save par from the greenside bunker on the same hole. Woods had the lead and never looked back, winning his record fifth Memorial and 73rd career PGA TOUR title, tying him with Nicklaus for second on the all- time victory list, behind Sam Snead. If Nicklaus was impressed, so was Woods’ playing companion that afternoon, 23-year-old Rickie Fowler, one of the brightest young stars on the TOUR. “You [Woods] hit a good shot to get it inside 10 feet, and it came out perfect, landed kind of right on the crown of that ridge there and the rest is history,” Fowler said. “He obviously loves being in the moment, and that’s where he kind of gets down, focuses and hits those shots. It was fun to see. He looked very comfortable and hit a lot of good shots, and like I said, the times where he’s in


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