Woods plays solo for first time since 1997

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DUBLIN, Ohio – For the first time since the 1997 Mercedes Championship, Tiger Woods set out at a PGA Tour event playing by himself on Sunday at the Memorial.

Woods teed off at 8:10 a.m. ET, and completed his round of 74 two hours and 51 minutes later before an increasingly large, and supportive, gallery at Muirfield Village.

“The only thing that was close to something like that was when we had that storm at Congressional (2012 AT&T National),” Woods said. “Me and Brendon [de Jonge] out there playing, my foundation crew and that was it.”

Despite another tough finish that included two bogeys (Nos. 13 and 17) and two double bogeys (15 and 18) on his closing nine, Woods said playing by himself didn’t impact his performance.

“I felt like I was playing my same rhythm,” he said. “The only hard part about playing by yourself out there like that is you don't get to see a shot with the wind blowing, what it does, if it gets stood up or if it gets blown.”