Woods Seizes Memorial Title

Published May 30th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The world's top-ranked golfer, Tiger Woods cruised to his fourth victory of the season in Dublin, Monday, successfully defending his title at the $3.1 million Memorial Tournament with a five-shot win over Ernie Els and Justin Leonard. 

Woods seized the $558,000 first prize, pushing his tally to over $4 million in just 10 events this year. 

Starting the day with a six-stroke lead over Steve Lowery, Woods carded a two-under 70 for a four-round total of 19-under 269. A bogey on the final hole prevented him from matching Tom Lehman's 1994 tournament record of 20-under. 

Woods was in total control of every shot, except the 7-iron he blasted over the 18th green and into the gallery. That cost him a chance to break the tournament scoring record, but his 2-under 70 for a 269 was still good enough for a five-stroke victory. 

Woods gave the field no chance, claiming his 19th PGA title and going over the $15 million mark in career earnings in less than five years on Tour. The victory also marked the first time he has captured the same tournament in consecutive years. 

Rain washed out most of Sunday's scheduled final round of the prestigious event. Only Don Pooley and Corey Pavin were able to complete their rounds on Sunday. 

Woods has captured 11 tournaments since winning this event last year, yet still thinks there is room for improvement - (Several Sources)

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