Lifestyle & Belief

Tiger Woods rallies to win Memorial, tie Nicklaus record


Tiger Woods hits a shot on the during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 3, 2012 in Dublin, Ohio.


Scott Halleran

Tiger Woods may have entertained even himself Sunday with a stunning, come-from-behind rally on the last four holes to win his fifth Memorial Tournament.

The victory ties Woods with Jack Nicklaus, who hosts the annual tournament and met Woods on the 18th hole, at No. 2 on the all-time PGA career wins list at 73, The Associated Press reported.

He started the day four shots behind and wound up with a two-shot victory over Andres Romero and Rory Sabbatini after making three birdies on his last four holes.

Woods caused a roar reminiscent of his best days when he chipped in for birdie from 50 feet on the 16th hole that gave him a share of the lead, a shot Nicklaus called "the most unbelievably, gutsy shot I've ever seen," according to USA Today.

"Look at the position he was in," Nicklaus said from the television booth. "If he's short, the tournament is over. If he's long, the tournament is over. He puts it in the hole."

It was a dramatic end to Woods' worst three-tournament stretch as a pro, and comes with the U.S. Open looming.

It also came the day after his agent, Mark Steinberg, was arrested on drunken driving charges off of the New York State Thruway in Ardsley, N.Y., Bloomberg reported.

In an email, Steinberg told Bloomberg, “it’s a medical issue that I was dealing with. It’s not what you think.”