Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tiger finishes strong but trails by seven at Memorial

"And I made a few tweaks in my swing, my setup and I was able to make some good swings and turned the whole thing around".

"I would hate to have been through what he's been through, because he's been through a lot", said Nicklaus, whose 73 PGA Tour titles include a record 18 major championships.

Rock was one over par after three holes, but carded nothing worse than a three in the next nine in his 63. I'm able to make them now.

"It's been a while since I gave myself a good opportunity to contend here", Day said.

"Yeah, I wasn't rotating very well today, back was tight, and it is what it is some days", said Woods.

At the 455-yard par-4 13th, Na's tee shot went 289 yards to the right side of the fairway, his second shot went 165 yards to the left greenside bunker, and his sand shot went 15 yards to the green where he had a two-putt for a bogey.

Hideki Matsuyama holed out for an eagle at the 17th as he surged into three-way tie for the first-round lead alongside Abraham Ancer and Joaquin Niemann at the Memorial on Thursday.

Woods last won a major nearly exactly 10 years ago, when he battled to a memorable playoff win at the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines in Southern California.

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Woods, who played long, detailed practice rounds at Shinnecock Hills - site of the U.S. Open - on Monday and Tuesday before the pro-am at the Memorial on Wednesday, said the extra golf was not the culprit.

"It's aging and it's surgeries". But now you see me making these adjustments on the fly.

Wheels wobbling early, Woods' par putt on 16 did almost a 180 but didn't fall, pushing him to 4 over through seven.

Woods said he has occasional days when his back tightens and he can't get it entirely loose, but there's no pain involved and he said it was "no biggie".

For Woods, the Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club in OH represents another golden opportunity to end a drought that extends to the Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013.

"They're not scared to shoot low numbers or play against the best players in the world".

Five-time Memorial champion Woods delighted the Muirfield Village galleries when he rallied back from a nightmare start which blew out to four over during his front nine, which he attributed to back soreness.

"You want to play well everywhere, but you especially want to play well when you're near home", he said, referencing last year's missed cut at the Memorial.

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