The pressure is on this week at the Memorial Tournament for many different players and for an array of reasons. Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational right before the Masters. Can he do the same at the U.S. Open primer? Stay up-to- date as our experts track Woods’ every move.
Rory McIlroy is hoping to put an end to his trend of missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament. McIlroy is working hard to get back on track and get his game back when it needs to be as he prepares to defend his title at this year’s U.S. Open in a few weeks.
Luke Donald recently took back the reigns as World No. 1 player from McIlroy. Donald will be working hard this week to keep the title in his hands as he competes against some of golf’s best players like defending champion Steve Stricker, 2012 Masters Champion Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson.
Stay up-to-date on who is topping the leaderboard at the Memorial Tournament.
All the action starts today LIVE 2:30 & 8:30PM ET on Golf Channel.
Thursday, May 31: LIVE 2:30 & 8:30PM ET
Friday, June 1: LIVE 2:30 & 8:30PM ET
Saturday, June 2: LIVE NOON & 9:30PM ET
Sunday, June 3: LIVE NOON & 9:30PM ET
The Heat is Turned Up at the Memorial Tournament
Highlights: Tiger's final round at East Lake
Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship on Sunday by two strokes. Here are the highlights from the final round.
Woods got off to a great start with a birdie on No. 1.
He then made eight straight pars to close out the front nine in 1 under par. Woods started the back nine with a bogey at 10, but he rebounded with this birdie at No. 13.
Woods leaked some oil coming in with bogeys at 15 and 16, but this par putt on 17 gave him a crucial two-stroke lead heading to 18.
For the fourth straight day, Woods smoked his drive on 18.
A huge gallery followed Woods up the 18th hole.
Woods missed his birdie putt on 18, but it was an easy par for a two-stroke victory and win No. 80.
Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship
Tiger Woods closed out his 80th PGA Tour win with a tap-in on the final hole of the Tour Championship at East Lake. We've been tracking him.
Tweets by GCTigerTracker
Woods wins Tour Championship by two strokes
Tiger Woods cruised to his first victory in five years and No. 80 of his career Sunday at the Tour Championship. Here's the lowdown from the final round at East Lake.
Leaderboard: Tiger Woods (-11), Billy Horschel (-9), Dustin Johnson (-7), Hideki Matsuyama (-6), Webb Simpson (-6), Justin Rose (-6)
What it means: Coming off four back surgeries, Woods didn't know if he would play competitive golf again. Now, he has win No. 80 of his career after a vintage performance at the Tour Championship. Woods started the day with a three-shot lead, birdied the first hole and never looked back. His closest pursuers, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, never put any pressure on Woods. Woods' lead got down to two strokes after bogeys at 15 and 16, but a clutch par putt on 17 gave him a two-shot cushion. The 14-time major champ is now two wins away from Sam Snead's all-time wins record after collecting his third Tour Championship title.
Round of the day: Outside of Woods' clinical performance, Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler both shot 5-under 65s to finish in the top seven.
Best of the rest: Billy Horschel fired a 4-under 66 to finish in second place.
Biggest disappointment: McIlroy (74) and Rose (73) were both three behind Woods starting the day, but they didn't put up a fight. McIlroy was 4 over par on the front nine, and Rose fell apart on the back nine and had to make birdie on 18 just to win the FedExCup title.
Shot of the day: Woods holed a 3-foot par putt on the 17th hole to keep a two-shot lead heading to 18.
Stricker wins Sanford for third Champions title of season
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Steve Stricker won the inaugural Sanford International on Sunday for his third PGA Tour Champions title of the year, closing with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory.
The 51-year-old Stricker birdied three of the first four holes and offset bogeys on 13 and 18 with birdies on 15 and 16. He shared the lead after each of the first two rounds, shooting 63-67 at Minnehaha Country Club.
Stricker also won in Arizona and Mississippi in consecutive starts in May for his first senior victories. Next week in France, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants.
Stricker finished at 13-under 197, and match Paul Broadhurst for the tour victory lead.
Tim Petrovic (65) and Jerry Smith (70) tied for second.
Brandt Jobe, tied for the second-round lead with Stricker, had a 72 to drop into a tie for fourth with Kevin Sutherland (67) at 8 under.