DUBLIN, Ohio - The final-round charge fizzled, and after a week that showed so much promise, Tiger Woods had to settle for a spot in the back, 6 shots out of a playoff at the Memorial Tournament. "I'm in a position where if I shoot another good round like I have the last two days, I've got a chance". "Just being able to make that 11-footer going, yes, I can do this, I can come in, clutch, when I'm not playing well, to be able to finish the job off". Still steaming from his last putt, he was asked if his game was good enough to win. "It's 3 1/2 inches up the straight putt and for me that's about 2 inches out on the right", he explained.
And one said: "Just noticed Tiger Woods walking off the course and ignoring all the fans, just because he missed a putt on the last hole".
He was briefly tied for the lead Saturday until three-putt bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes, and he had to settle for a 68.
Niemann shot a 1-over 73 in Round 4.
"I did not putt well today", Woods told reporters.
On the first extra hole - the 18th - Stanley had a horrendous stance in the rough and made a bogey to bow out as DeChambeau and An both made par and then returned to the tee to take on the 484-yard par four again.
Kyle Stanley didn't have the same problem, rallying from five strokes down with five holes to play with birdies at four of his last five holes, a run that was only marred by a bogey at the last to finish tied with Dechambeau and An.
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That didn't last long.
With inclement weather in the forecast for Sunday, the final round tee times were moved to between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. off two tees. Woods seems to have found his new old (or old new?) groove, and his play this week is the new expectation going forward. He played bogey-free for a 64 and wound up just six shots behind.
Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose each had a 66 and were in the group at 7-under 137, while Dustin Johnson was among those at 138, even though he has played the par 5s in just 1 under for the week.
DeChambeau failed to take advantage, however, three-putting from 55 feet to fall into the three-way playoff.
Niemann, 19, highlighted his round with a 50-foot eagle putt at the par-five seventh. He fell out of a tie for the lead on the 15th when his shot flared out to the right and caught the corner of a creek, leading to bogey.
Few doubted that Bryson DeChambeau would eventually secure a breakout win and cement his status among the crop of elite young American players, alongside age counterparts like Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.