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Bryson DeChambeau wins the Memorial Tournament in playoff

Bryson DeChambeau wins the Memorial Tournament in playoff

On Sunday at the Memorial Touranment, DeChambeau did exactly that by birdieing the second playoff hole and winning at Muirfield Village in Jack Nicklaus' tournament. He wound up with a one-shot lead over Kyle Stanley, who bogeyed the 18th hole from the bunker for a 70; Patrick Cantlay, who drove into the creek left of the 18th fairway for a bogey and a 66; and Joaquin Niemann, the 19-year-old from Chile who atoned for one big mistake on the 15th hole with a birdie on the 18th for a 70.

He is contesting just a fifth US PGA Tour event since turning pro straight after the Masters in April, and the Santiago-born teenager said he will draw on his amateur successes as he tries to win on Sunday, when the field will tee off early from the first and 10th tee as organizers try to beat expected inclement weather.

American Stanley, whose chances appeared to have ended with a double bogey at the 12th, came back to tie for the lead with four consecutive birdies, culminating in a huge sloping 30-footer from the edge of the 17th green.

But he found himself trailing by two strokes as a calm and composed Cantlay took control of the tournament with four birdies in six holes from the third before DeChambeau pulled one back at the 11th.

But after a bogey-birdie start to the back nine, five-times victor Woods dropped another shot at the par-four 13th where his drive went out of bounds and all but ended his hopes of an 80th PGA Tour victory. He made the turn in 33 with a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 9, and then he made a solid escape from the rough and trees on No. 11 before holing out for eagle.

However, DeChambeau rolled in a nine-footer on a similar line to the one he missed in regulation play, to take the title.

But those closing bogeys hurt, dropping him down the leaderboard and into a tie for seventh place, 5 shots behind leader Bryson DeChambeau.

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"I know I shot 68 today, but again, that's probably the highest score I could have possibly shot, " Woods said. I just didn't really play well. While he has shown signs of returning to top form in his latest comeback, he hasn't been able to get everything clicking at the same time.

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

"I'm in position. Hopefully I'm not too far back", he said.

The highlight of his premature round was at the Par-5 11th.

That left him at nine under for the tournament, well behind the leaders.

Rose, four adrift going into the final round, had two birdies in his first three holes before dropping two shots on the back nine.