Ominous 66 sets up Woods

As Furyk makes a splash at Memorial

Bob Warters's picture
Mon, 27 May 2002
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Tiger Woods warmed up nicely for the US Open in New York in 17 days time with a closing 66 at the Memorial Tournament he was trying to win for the fourth successive year.

He didn't achieve his goal of claiming the title - he was tied for 22nd well adrift of Jim Furyk - but when he's doing a corporate job for American Express in Canada and then relaxing at home in Florida he'll have positive thoughts to take to Bethpage State Park when he defends his national championship on June 13.

“I’ll just kind of go home and relax, shut it down for a couple of days and then evaluate what I need to really work on. I’ll come out with a game plan and then I’ll feel ready," he says.

"It's just a matter of getting the momentum on my side, getting a few putts to go in. It’s nice when you see a couple putts go in the hole. The next thing you know, the hole looks bigger and you start swinging the club a little better."

Sounds a bit ominous for all those wannabee major champions, including Furyk, who had to rely on a 30-foot birdie chip-in and a bunker shot that rattled the pin and dropped for eagle on the 15 at Muirfield Village.

His back-nine charge carried him to a seven-under 65 and a two-stroke victory over John Cook and David Peoples.

Furyk, who tends to be overlooked when they talk about the best players never to win a major title, is developing a reputation for sinking crucial bunker shots.

A year ago, he holed one for par on the 18th hole at Firestone to extend his playoff against Woods in the NEC Invitational and in 1997 holed another unlikely one at Valderrama to beat Nick Faldo on the final day.

 

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