Tiger on the move at rain-hit Memorial Tournament

Tiger Woods has put in a superb second round display at The Memorial in OH after reaching five under before play was stopped because of the threat of lightning.

But he also leaves the place of five of his 79 PGA Tour titles lamenting his lackluster putting and needing to get that sorted out in time for the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

"I hit the ball well enough to where shooting in the 60s could have been pretty easy if I had just putted normally". "I played beautifully, actually, had total control of what I was doing out there and just didn't finish it off".

But DeChambeau was up to the task and rattled in a confident putt for victory and earn warm congratulations from tournament host Jack Nicklaus, lifting his first PGA Tour title since breaking his duck at the John Deere Classic previous year. "I'm in a position where if I shoot another good round like I have the last two days, I've got a chance".

Bryson DeChambeau birdied four of his last six holes to surge to a one-shot lead on Saturday going into the final round of the US PGA Tour's Memorial tournament. "Overall, my game is where it needs to be heading into the U.S. Open, which is a positive".

Players had been sent out in groups of threes earlier than usual on the final day, from both the first and 10th tees, because of expected storms at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

It seems straightforward, with Woods speaking of a "minor tweak" that can be made with some off-week reps.

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"I am definitely not taking advantage of how well I'm hitting it", said Woods, who hit 15 of 18 greens and made his only bogeys by twice three-putting. He has gone almost five years since his last victory.

"I just want to birdie every hole", he said.

Woods shot scores of 72-67-68-72 to finish at 9 under par.

If not for a 4-over start through the first seven holes on Thursday, Woods would have been in the heart of the event coming down the stretch on Sunday. He missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole, and then missed a birdie putt from 4 feet on the par-5 15th.

The five-time Memorial victor missed a short birdie on 14 but gained a share of the lead at 11-under with a birdie at 15. By their reaction alone, it looked as if Woods had won the whole tournament. So as Woods charts his course back to the winner's circle, it could be said he has time on his side.

"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. His No. 1 spot in strokes tee to green came, somewhat remarkably, after hitting two balls out of bounds on the week.

  • Stacy Houston