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Tiger Woods Hits Final-Round 72 at Memorial

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Tiger Woods revitalized fans with a strong showing to start off the Memorial Tournament, but cooled off considerably settling  for a spot in the back, 6 shots out of a playoff.

“I had some chances to shoot some good rounds this week,” Woods said after a final-round 72 (h/t ESPN). “Overall my game is where it needs to be heading into the U.S. Open and that’s something that’s very positive.

“I just need to hit better putts. This week I didn’t feel comfortable with my lines and my feel was a little bit off. Consequently I missed a bunch of putts. But I hit it really good this week, so that’s a positive going into Shinnecock, where ballstriking is going to be a must.”

Woods shot scores of 72-67-68-72 to finish at 9 under par. For 72 holes, Woods was -7.695.

“Yeah,” Woods sighed. “And if I just putt normally, I probably would be right up there with those guys and up there in the last couple of groups. Overall, 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.”

Next up for Woods is Shinnecock and he will be working, at home, to prepare.

“I’ve had little building blocks along the way, and I keep getting a little bit better, a little bit more refined, and you start to see the results,” he said. “I’m starting to hit the golf ball better. If I just make a few more putts like I did earlier in the year, when I was putting really well, you put those two together, then we’ll have something.”

 

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Francesco Molinari Wins The Open

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Francesco Molinari has won The Open for his 1st career major championship and becomes the first Italian golfer to ever win a major championship.

Molinari holed a 5-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to complete a bogey-free round at 2-under-par 69, and finished with an overall score of 8-under par, two shots ahead of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

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Tiger Woods Likely To Make Cut

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Tiger Woods is likely to make the cut after a second straight 71 gave him consecutive scores of par or better to open a major championship for the first time in five years.

Woods is currently outside of the top 25 and was six strokes back of the clubhouse lead when he finished.

“Most of the good scores yesterday were in the morning, and they had no wind ,and they have very little wind this afternoon with a softer golf course,” Woods said (h/t ESPN). “But we certainly had a chance to get the ball down a little bit further and control it on the ground a little bit better.

“The ball wasn’t rolling 80, 90 yards like it was yesterday. It was a little bit easier in that regard.”

Woods played in the toughest conditions yet, but says that the rain actually helped soften the course a bit and helped the greens.

“I played a little bit yesterday,” Woods said. “Today wasn’t quite as good, but I finally birdied a par-5 (a two-putt at the par-5 16th), so that’s a positive.”

Despite his likelihood to make the cut, Woods knows he needs to clean up his game if he wants to make progress on the leaderboard.

“I could have cleaned up the round a little bit,” he said. “And I did not get off to exactly the best start, being 2 over through three.”

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Jordan Spieth Blames ‘Brain Fart’ For Falling Back

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Jordan Spieth is blaming a “brain fart” for his nightmare first round finish at The Open, also citing reverting back to the type of golf he is working to move away from.

Spieth, who carded a 72, is confident that be improving his execution, he can successfully defend his title.

“I felt like I was really going well,” Spieth said (h/t ESPN). “I had a nice par save after driving it in the bunker at 6. Other than that, it was very stress-free. I was putting the ball where I needed to, having maybe no more than four feet for par on every hole. It was just a clean round of golf. I’ve done a bit of that this year, just the decision making that’s cost me.

“But the misses toward the end were the exact misses that I’ve been having and I’m working away from. My swing just didn’t quite hold up to the end of my round. Those long irons really hurt me today.”

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