DUBLIN, Ohio -- Tiger Woods was at his best Sunday at the Memorial. He hit nearly every shot just the way he wanted, worked the gallery into a frenzy with one last charge over the final hour and left everyone buzzing -- especially Jack Nicklaus -- with a shot they will talk about for years.
Better yet was the timing of his 73rd win.
Woods tied Nicklaus for career PGA Tour victories at the tournament that Jack built. And the 14-time major champion suddenly looks equipped to resume his chase of another Nicklaus mark that is more significant -- 18 major championships.
With a chip-in for birdie on the 16th that even Woods called one of the toughest shots he ever made, he birdied three of his last four holes to close with a 5-under-par 67 and turn a two-shot deficit into a two-shot victory over Rory Sabbatini and fast-closing Andres Romero.
Coming off a two-putt birdie on the 15th, Woods hit 8-iron over the green at the par-3 16th. It was buried in deep rough, the pin 50 feet away along a ridge. Woods hit a full flop shot, hopeful to give himself a putt for par. Far more likely was the ball going short down a slope or coming out too strong and rolling into the water.
No one was thinking birdie, not even Woods, until he took two steps and delivered an uppercut when the ball fell in.
Nicklaus was gushing from the broadcast booth. "The most unbelievable, gutsy shot I've ever seen," he said. "He had one place to land the ball. He's playing a shot that if he leaves it short, he's going to leave himself again a very difficult shot. If he hits it long, he's going to probably lose the tournament. He lands the ball exactly where it has to land. Going in the hole was a bonus. But what a shot! I don't think under the circumstances I've ever seen a better shot."
Woods, who finished at 9-under 279, won the Memorial for the fifth time. At age 36, he is 10 years younger than Nicklaus when the Golden Bear won his 73rd tournament at the 1986 Masters. Sam Snead holds the PGA Tour record with 82 wins.
It was vintage Woods at Muirfield Village. And it was the perfect way for him to end his worst stretch as a pro. After winning at Bay Hill in March, he tied for 40th in the Masters, missed the cut at Quail Hollow and tied for 40th at The Players.
Asked about the endless chatter about whether his game is back, Woods eventually sighed and said, "I'll let you guys figure that out."
Woods agent arrested
Tiger Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, was arrested on drunken driving charges in Westchester County on Saturday night after police say he was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint in Ardsley and arrested on DWI and aggravated DWI charges. Police say his blood alcohol content was .18 percent. The legal limit in New York for DWI is .08 percent. Steinberg did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.