Below is a summary of the previous Memorial Tournaments:
Below is a summary of the previous Memorial Tournaments:
Tiger Woods became the Memorial Tournament's first four-time winning in a way befitting a champion.
In the final round, Woods birdied No. 17 to take the lead. His second shot on the No. 18 landed about a foot from the pin as he tapped in to post a final-round 65 to finish at 12-under 276. He defeated Jim Furyk by one shot, and Jonathan Byrd was third at 280.
Woods' 65 tied the tournament's lowest fourth-round score by a winner.
"Tiger Woods is always Tiger Woods," Furyk said. "He can't be 100 percent every week, but I'm sure he answered a lot of questions today."
Kenny Perry joined Tiger Woods as the tournament's only three-time winners.
Trailing Matthew Goggin by three strokes entering the final round, Perry shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 8-under 280 as Goggin, Jerry Kelly, Justin Rose and Mike Weir tied for second at 282.
"If I'm in contention here on Sunday, I always like my chances," Perry said.
He took the lead for good when Weir's approach to the 10th hole came up short and he took a bogey. Meanwhile, Perry was saving par out of a bunker on No. 12 and the back rough at No. 14, and a birdie putt at the 15th gave him a three-shot lead. Perry's lone bogey of the day came at No. 17.
Teeing up Sunday afternoon, K.J. Choi, a South Korean, was tied for seventh place and trailed leader Rod Pampling by five strokes. Pampling, who eventually tied for third, had earned the lead. He shot a 7-under-par 65 in the opening round and followed that with a pair of 68s. Pampling was at 15-under 201 and Choi at 206 after solid rounds of 69-70-67.
Choi, making his eighth Memorial appearance with a pair of top-10s on his resume, made four consecutive birdie putts before making the turn, surging into first place and rarely looking back.
He birdied the sixth from 10 feet, No. 7 with two putts from 30 feet, the par-3 No. 8 from 12 feet and the tricky ninth green from eight feet below the cup after sticking his approach from behind a tree.
By then Pampling, who was playing in the final group, was on his way to a 72 and Choi a 65 also highlighted by a series of par-saving putts on the back nine to equal the best final-round score by a Memorial winner.
Carl Pettersson shot a final-round 71 to take the title by two shots over Brett Wetterich and Zach Johnson.
Pettersson's final round was his only in the 70s, but it was enough. Wetterich closed the event with a 67 and Johnson had a 70. Pettersson finished with a 12-under-par 276.
Perhaps the shot of the tournament came on Pettersson's third shot on Not. 11. Staring at a potential bogey after his shot sailed over the green and landed in the rough as he attacked a back-pin location, the native Swede instead produced a birdie by chipping in from 35 feet. It pushed his lead back to three shots, and about the only thing that slowed him from that point on was a 30-minute weather delay.
Bart Bryant became the seventh player with all four rounds in the 60s to secure the victory, which came in only his second appearance at the Memorial as he finished 16-under-par with a 69-69-66-68-272.
Bryant also became one of five players to win the event being at least 40 years old. Fred Couples finished second, one stroke behind.
Bryant became only the seventh player in Memorial history to post four rounds in the 60s.
He also joined founder Jack Nicklaus (1984), Greg Norman ('95), Tom Watson ('96) and Kenny Perry (2003) as the only players to win the event in their 40s.
Bryant, whose only other Memorial appearance came in 1991 when he tied for 66th with an 8-over 296 total, was clinging to a one-shot lead when he reached the 18th tee on the final day.
He hit his drive into a water hazard, took a drop and then planted a 6-iron approach to within 14 feet, dropping the subsequent par putt to stay atop the leaderboard.
Couples, who was playing in the final group with David Toms, never did catch up and finished as runner-up (273) for the second consecutive year.
Ernie Els shot a 66 on each of the final two days of the tournament to finish with a 270, four shots better than runner-up Fred Couples.
Putting keyed Els' victory and his fifth top-10 finish at the Memorial. He one-putted 11 of his final 14 holes to finish with an 18-under-par 270 total, the third-lowest winning score behind Tom Lehman's 268 in 1994 and Tiger Woods' 269 in 2000. Fred Couples, the 1998 champion, finished second last year at 274.
Els had only 100 putts over the four days to break the tournament record of 101, set by Andrew Magee in 2000.
"My putter definitely won me the golf tournament," Els said.
"I don't think I've had a putting week like this maybe since Oakmont when I won (the 1994 U.S. Open) there. I made everything inside 10 feet that week. I felt the same this week."
In the final round, Kenny Perry shot a 32 on the front nine to effectively secure the tournament. Although he shot a 40 on the back nine - including bogeys on five of the final six holes - to finish with a even-par 72, Perry finished with a 13-under par 275, besting a field also featuring Lee Janzen (277), Mike Weir (278), Tiger Woods (279) and Vijay Singh (279).
Perry, also the 1991 Memorial champion, enjoyed a fast start to the tournament by carding a 7-under 65 in the opening round. On Sunday, he shot 32 on the front side to lead Janzen by five strokes.
Based on a back-nine charge, Jim Furyk shot a 65 - then the lowest final-round score - to win by four shots over John Cook and David Peoples and win $846,000.
Furyk, who was five shots back entering the final round, opened the back nine by chipping in for a birdie and holing out of a bunker for an eagle. Yet the final round wasn't the only memorable moment for Furyk. He aced the par-3 fourth hole in the third round.
Bob Tway, the third-round leader by one stroke, shot a final-round 73 to finish in a fourth-place tie, three shots behind Furyk.
Leading after both the second and third rounds, 1993 champion Paul Azinger was only 18 holes from a second Memorial title. However, lurking one shot back at 11-under 205 was Tiger Woods. The final round was all Tiger as he shot a 66 to beat Azinger and Sergio Garcia by seven strokes, a victory which came so easy that Azinger apologized to Woods for not giving him more of a match. Chris Smith shot a 66 to take the first-round lead and was two shots back after two rounds before closing with an 81-76 to finish at 294.
Tiger Woods became the first player to win back-to-back titles by rallying from a five-shot deficit after the first round.
Harrison Frazar, who would finish in a tie for 20th, took the first-round lead with a 66. After that, it was all Woods as he shot a second-round 63 and followed with a third-round 65.
A closing round of 70 made for an anticlimatic final day as Woods won with a 269 total that was 5 shots better than Ernie Els and Justin Leonard, who tied for second at 274.
Tiger Woods, whose best finish at the Memorial had been a tie for 51st in 1998, held the lead after the second and third rounds but routinely found himself in trouble Sunday. He got up and down eight times to make birdie or save par, however, while holding off 1997 champion Vijay Singh by two strokes.
Woods carded a 66 on the second day to overtake first-round leader Lee Janzen. He shot a 15-under-par 273 to become the youngest Memorial champion at age 23. Olin Browne, David Duval and Carlos Franco shared third at 9-under 279.
Fred Couples, who was two shots back after shooting an opening-round 68, followed with a 67 to share the second-round lead with Len Mattiace at 9-under 135. Couples' third-round 67 gave him a three-shot lead over Davis Love III.
His final-round 69 gave him four consecutive rounds under 70 and a four-shot victory.
With the Memorial shortened to three rounds because of rain, Vijay Singh shot a second-round 65 and then closed with a 67 to finish at 14-under-par 202, two shots better than Jim Furyk and Greg Norman.
Singh called the victory, his first on the PGA Tour in two years, the biggest of his career.
Scott Hoch was the second-round leader, shooting a 65-67 before closing with a 73 to finish three shots back.
Tom Watson not only revived his career but also himself with his victory.
"It was great for my confidence at a point in my career when I really needed it," he said later.
Watson's third-round 66 was his best of the tournament. For the second consecutive year, David Duval finished second. Besides Watson winning for the first time since 1987, the highlight of the tournament was John Huston's second-round 61, a course record. He finished fifth after shooting even-par the final two rounds.
"It's not easy to not touch a club for five weeks and then come out here and blow everybody away," Mark Calcavecchia said. "It shows you what kind of player (Greg Norman) is."
Norman showed everyone how good he is after falling one shot short of tying the tournament record.
Following a self-imposed layoff, he shot a 19-under-par 269 for a 4-shot win over David Duval, Steve Elkington and Calcavecchia.
Jim McGovern shot a 65 to take a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Norman after the first round. Neither McGovern nor O'Meara shot below 71 the remainder of the tournament. Robert Gamez and Ben Crenshaw shared the second-round lead by one shot over a group of five players. Norman, at 13-under-par, led after three rounds.
Mark Brooks shot an 8-under 64 to grab a 3-stroke lead over Tom Lehman and John Cook. But Lehman showed what consistency can accomplish. He shot four consecutive 67s to steadily build his lead, which he took in the second round.
After two rounds, he led Cook and David Edwards by two shots. After three rounds, it was three shots over Cook. He won by five over Greg Norman.
Golf tournaments do not end with more drama than this one.
Paul Azinger trailed Payne Stewart by a stroke going to the 18th, when Azinger hit his second shot into a greenside bunker, leaving himself a bad lie. He blasted the ball out of the bunker, and it rolled to the cup and dropped.
Stewart missed an 8-foot putt that would have forced a playoff, then missed a 2-footer to fall into third place.
After two rounds, Nolan Henke and former Ohio State All-American Joey Sindelar shared the lead at 134. On the third day, Sindelar shot a 67 and held a three-stroke lead. In the final round, David Edwards and Rick Fehr shot 67s to tie at 273 after regulation. Edwards won on the second hole of sudden death.
Riding a tournament-record 9-under 63 in the second round, Kenny Perry had a 3-stroke lead after two rounds.
But Hale Irwin showed why he is a two-time Memorial champion by shooting 65 and 66 the final two rounds to force a playoff.
But on the first playoff hole (No. 15), Irwin's drive went into the left rough, and Perry birdied to win.
This is the first Memorial to have the final round cancelled because of rain.
After shooting a 3-under 69, Fred Couples had a four-stroke advantage over seven others. But "Boom Boom" shot a 74 and 75 in the next two rounds and finished third.
Thanks to a 69 in the third round, Greg Norman was at 216 after 54 holes and was leading Payne Stewart by one stroke when the tournament was declared over.
Fuzzy Zoeller tried to become the first player to lead the tournament from start to finish, but Bob Tway beat him on the final day.
Tway, who shot a score of 277, outdueled Zoeller on the back nine on the final day to win by two.
In the previous three Memorials, Curtis Strange finished 31st, 39th and 35th.
Hale Irwin led after two rounds, but Strange tied the course record with a 64 and finished with a 67 to post a 274 and win by two strokes over Irwin and David Frost. The next year, Strange finished 21st with a 289.
After finishing second in 1986, it looked like Don Pooley was going to be a bridesmaid again.
Scott Hoch posted a tournament-record 18-under 198 for the first three rounds and led Pooley by four strokes. But Hoch shot a 78 the final day and Pooley had a 70 for a 272, beating Curt Byrum by two strokes.
With 14 players shooting below the course-record 280, this was an exciting tournament.
But Hal Sutton posted a 66 in the third round for a three-stroke advantage and went on to a 271, four strokes better than Don Pooley. Sutton had one eagle and 23 birdies for the tournament.
Unlike his 1983 win, Hale Irwin got off to a great start, shooting two 68s for an 8-under 136 to grab a 4-stroke lead. Bobby Watkins' 67 in the third round gave him a 1-stroke advantage heading into the last round. But Irwin shot a 72 to Watkins' 74 to win by one shot.
It was the fifth time in 10 Memorial tournaments that Watkins finished in the top 10.
Becoming the first two-time winner of the Memorial, Jack Nicklaus shot a 139 through two rounds and trailed Ben Crenshaw by a stroke.
But as Nicklaus posted a 71 and 70 the final two rounds, Andy Bean shot back-to-back 67s to force a playoff. Nicklaus won as Bean missed a 3-foot putt on No. 17, the third extra hole.
Consistency proved to be Hale Irwin's best tactic as he avenged his playoff loss to Roger Maltbie in 1976.
Irwin's 71-71-70-69 for 281 kept him in contention as others bounced around the leaderboard. Ben Crenshaw shot a 71 and David Graham a 74 in the final round to finish one stroke behind Irwin.
Roger Maltbie was going after his second Memorial victory with a 68 on the first day and 66 on the second to set a 36-hole record of 10-under 134. But he shot 75 in the third round and 74 in the fourth, and Ray Floyd posted scores of 67 and 71 to win by two strokes.
Mark Hayes shot a first-round 67 for a one-stroke lead, but Keith Fergus shot a 68 in the second for a one-stoke advantage.
Fergus shot a 74 the third day and was one back entering the final round. He posted a 71 to finish with a 4-under 284. His 1-stroke win over Jack Renner was his first victory on the PGA Tour.
After shooting a 73 in the first round, David Graham made his presence known. He shot a 67 the second round and 70s the final two rounds for an 8-under 280. Tom Watson shot a 71 the final day and finished second at 281.
The poor weather during the tournament didn't seem to bother Tom Watson. He was 2-under 142 after two rounds and shot a 72 in the third round and 71 in the fourth to post a 3-stroke victory over Miller Barber.
Jim Simons shot a 68 in the first round and a 69 in the second to post a 7-under 137 for a two-stroke lead over Gary Player, Ed Sneed, Bobby Wadkins and Andy Bean.
Bill Kratzert shot a 69 in the third round to move within one stroke of Simons, but both players shot 74s in the final round, giving Simons the victory.
Mark Lye and Bobby Wadkins shot 68s in the first round to tie for the lead.
McGee and Player were tied after the second round at 6-under 138, while Jack Nicklaus moved up the leaderboard with a 68 to stand at 140. Nicklaus moved a stroke behind Wadkins heading into the last round. Wadkins fell apart with an 81, an Nicklaus shot a 71 for a 281 and a two-stroke win over Hubert Green.
Don Bies started the tournament by shooting a 68 to take the lead, one stroke better than Hubert Green. In the second round, Green led at 3-under by shooting an even-par 72. Roger Maltbie fired his second consecutive round of 71 and was at 2-under.
Green collapsed in the third round, shooting a 79, while Maltbie posted a 70.
The final round saw Hale Irwin make a charge with a 69, but Maltbie's 76 was good enough to force a playoff. Maltbie won with a birdie on the fourth extra hole.
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