Bryson DeChambeau makes birdie in playoff to win Memorial

Toby Graves
June 4, 2018

Niemann is just 19 years old, and sits atop the leaderboard with nine holes left to play. "I played beautifully, actually, had total control of what I was doing out there and just didn't finish it off".

Another challenge came from Tiger Woods as the five-time Memorial victor hung on to his place among the contenders during a four-under-par 68 to improve his tournament total to nine under.

DeChambeau, ranked 38th in the world, kick-started his push to the top of the board with birdies at the fifth and seventh holes. The last time he won the Memorial Tournament was in 2012. He did well to advance it 100 yards down the fairway, and he missed a 15-foot par putt.

Woods was another shot behind, and it looked as though he was about to post his lowest score of the year.

Kyle Stanley didn't have the same problem, rallying from five strokes down with five holes to play with birdies at four of his last five holes, a run that was only marred by a bogey at the last to finish tied with Dechambeau and An.

DeChambeau, who began the day with a one-shot lead, had a chance in regulation to secure his second win on the PGA Tour but his celebration was put on hold after he missed his par putt from eight feet at the last.

Three-putt bogeys at 16 and 18 quelled his momentum and Woods was left to wonder what could have been. If I just keep building on this, with how I'm hitting it right now, I'm in good shape for two weeks from now.

Woods was finishing when a long final round took shape over the last few holes.

For now, Woods said he will spend his time at home practicing before heading to Shinnecock, where he spent two days earlier this week.

"A little bit of momentum", Mickelson said, when asked what he took from his week at Muirfield Village.

Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose each had a 66 and were in the group at 7-under 137, while Dustin Johnson was among those at 138, even though he has played the par 5s in just 1 under for the week.

That's a 68, and he's now -9 which is currently T-8 and four shots off the lead. An hit a remarkable flop shot to within a few feet, meaning he would nearly certainly make par.

World number one Justin Thomas eagled the 15th and then holed from a bunker to add a birdie at the next, before a birdie at the last gave him a round of 68 and a share of 11th.

Bryson DeChambeau lists physics as a special interest, describes his current swing theory as an exploration of the anatomical limits of the body and instead of a dream foursome he rattles off a list of physicist, including Albert Einstein, he'd like to meet.

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