With a birdie on No. 18, Tiger Woods wrapped up his fifth Memorial Tournament and tied Jack Nicklaus for career victories at 73.
Propelled into the lead by a remarkable 50-foot chip-in from a bunker at No. 16, Woods finished with a round of 67, two strokes ahead of Rory Sabbatini and Andres Romero.
The birdie at 18 locked up the win, but it was the shot at 16 that impressed tournament host Nicklaus.
"That was the most unbelievable, gutsy shot I've ever seen," Nicklaus said. "Under the circumstances, I don't think I've ever seen a better shot."
Woods said he was just trying to give himself a chance at par, hoping to stop the ball eight 10 feet from the pin.
"To pull off that shot at 16, that was pretty sweet," he said.
With the round close coming down to the last few holes, Woods said he thought that if he could hit a birdie somewhere, he could force a playoff.
Third-round leader Spencer Levin and Daneil Summerhays tied for fourth. Levin had a solid front nine, holding a two-shot lead at the turn. But he gave up the lead to Sabbatini at No. 12 and couldn't recover down the stretch.
With the win secured and the pressure off, Woods joked with the crowds during the trophy ceremony.
"I don't know how you guys put up with this weather," he said. "It's hot, it's cold, it's windy, it's raining. You must be some hearty people."
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