Tiger Woods finished up his 2015 Memorial Tournament Sunday shooting a 2-over par 74 which placed him at +14 leaving him in dead last place.
Woods teed off by himself Sunday, the first time he’s done that since 1997 and shot two-under par on the front nine.
“I just wanted to go out there and shoot the best score I possibly can,” Woods said. “Just because I’m in last place doesn’t change how I play golf. Whether it’s the first day or the last day doesn’t matter, play all out.”
On the back nine however Woods was four over including a double bogey on 18.
Woods remarked that his 85, shot Saturday, felt higher, meaning it felt as though he had shot a worse score.
“It’s real hard, this is a lonely sport,” said Woods. “The manager is not going to come in and bring the right or bring the lefty, you’ve just got to play through it. That one of the hardest things about the game of golf and it’s also one of the best things about the game of golf. Unfortunately you have those days, they’re five hours long and so those are long tough days.”
Phil Mickelson found similar success to Woods shooting +3 on the day and five-over par for the tournament placing him in a tie for 66th place.
Woods’ takeaway from the week showed frustration with his play and a glimpse into the future.
“I did not win, and I wasn’t even close,” Woods said. “Hopefully in two weeks’ time things will be a lot better and I’ll be ready to try to win a US Open.”
Steve Stricker shot four-under par 68, which tied for best round among golfers with an early morning tee time [Russell Knox was the other].
“It was helpful to get a good round under my belt today,” said Stricker. “I wanted to put up something decent, I’m playing with Phil too so that gets your attention, you want to play well.”
Now he has the US Open Qualifier Monday that will be played at Brookside Golf & CC and Lakes Golf & Country Club.
The 36-hole qualifier may get washed out considering there is an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms, something Stricker says may benefit him.
“I played there a few years ago but I remembered it as I drove around it,” Stricker said of Brookside. “It’s pretty much right in front of you, there’s a couple of holes you have to pay attention to I think 12 and 13. The biggest thing is I need to go over there to one of those courses tomorrow and hop on the putting green and go out and hit some putts because the speed here was incredible, it was so fast and they picked up even more speed today.
“The greens are good but not at that speed [as Muirfield Village Golf Club]. I’ll have a little adjustment to do so I’ll head over there today and maybe even play nine holes. I have a feeling we may have some rest time tomorrow which may be better for me in the long run.”
With birdies on his last two holes, Patrick Rodgers earned temporary membership on the PGA Tour. Rodgers needed to finish in solo 62nd or better and was able to finish at two-under par for the Memorial Tournament.
He had dreams of winning the tournament after being at -9 through two rounds of play but a 78 on Saturday ended his chances.
Rodgers was a Nicklaus Award recipient a year ago.
“I feel like I have a lot more experience at this level,” said Rodgers. “I feel like I have the game to compete out here and I feel like I have the mentality. I’m frustrated I didn’t get it done this weekend, but I feel like I definitely have a lot to build on.”
Sunday morning marked the ninth annual Nicklaus Awards where a golfer from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA received the award. They were presented an award and took a picture with Nicklaus followed by a question and answer session with assembled media. Family, friends and coaches all were there to support the five golfers.
Maverick McNealy [Stanford], Santiago Gomez [Nova Southeastern], Anthony Maccaglia [Oglethorpe], Sean Elliott [Dalton State] and Kerry Sweeney [Eastern Florida State] were the recipients.
The five recipients competed for an exemption into the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship which will be held July 16-19 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Opelika, Alabama. McNealy won shooting a 67. He is also expected to tee off in a Columbus sectional qualifying for the US Open on Monday.
Among those honored with this award in the past were Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink, David Duval, Luke Donald, Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas and Ryan Moore.