Tiger gets his groove back

Tiger Woods makes a statement with his stunning win Sunday at the Memorial.

Dust off the Tiger Woods highlight reel and add another jaw-dropper, this one near the very top. From a downhill lie, to a green running away from him, and with a wall of water lurking if he went long, Tiger Woods hit a flop shot into the hole for birdie on the par-3 16th hole, one of the most amazing shots of his career, and went on to record his 73rd victory on Sunday.

The win at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village ties Woods with tournament host Jack Nicklaus for second place on the career victories list, trailing only Sam Snead (82), and gives Woods a surge of adrenaline heading into the U.S. Open at Olympic Club, which begins in 11 days.

“That was one of the most incredible golf shots I think you’ll ever see played,” Nicklaus said on the CBS telecast of Woods’s chip-in. “It wasn’t just the pitch shot. It was where he had to land it, and what he had to do, and what the penalties were if he didn’t make it. Unbelievable.”

Golf is better when Tiger is competitive, so this is a great win for the sport. It also helps him when people are focusing on his talent over his obnoxious personality. It also make things more interesting in Las Vegas. Everyone is always looking for betting tips, but Tiger is the ultimate game changer so the advice always changes depending on how he’s playing. If you want to game the Vegas odds, study Tiger and try to predict how he’ll do versus conventional wisdom.

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