- The Washington Times - Monday, June 8, 2009

From combined dispatches

DUBLIN, Ohio | No need to worry about Tiger Woods heading into the U.S. Open.

Woods broke away from a four-way tie for the lead Sunday at the Memorial with birdies on his final two holes, the last one a 7-iron that stopped a foot away from the cup for a 7-under 65 and a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk.

With a high-charged rally from a four-shot deficit, Woods revved up the crowd and silenced those who questioned his game heading into his title defense at Bethpage Black in two weeks.

He didn’t miss a fairway in the final round, the first time he has done that in more than five years. He missed only five fairways all week, his most accurate tournament off the tee since the 1998 Masters.

Woods won the Memorial for a record fourth time, and tournament host Jack Nicklaus was there to greet him behind the 18th green. It was his second victory this year after missing eight months for knee surgery, and Woods figured he will only get better.

“I knew it was coming around,” Woods said. “I just wasn’t as consistent as I needed to be.”

Furyk made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 69 to finish alone in second.

“I just didn’t beat one guy,” Furyk said. “It [stinks] finishing second, but he played better. A 7 under on those greens and with the conditions we dealt with, that’s pretty spectacular. I just wish you all would just quit [ticking] him off… so he has to come back and keep proving stuff. I think he answered a lot of questions today.”

Woods finished at 12-under 276 and won for the 67th time in his career. The timing could not have been better. He was within one shot of the lead going to the back nine at Quail Hollow and made nothing better than par for a 72. He played in the final group at the Players Championship, couldn’t find a fairway and closed with a 73.

Kim wins State Farm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | In-Kyung Kim finished with a flourish, sinking birdies on two of her final three holes to capture the State Farm Classic by a stroke over Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak.

Kim fired a 7-under 65 to finish at 17-under 271, giving the South Korean her second tour victory along with a big momentum boost heading into the LPGA Championship next week. In the process, she denied Pak (66) her first win in two years.

Hee-Won Han (65), Jee Young Lee (66) and Angela Stanford (67) finished two shots behind Kim.

Gronberg sets record

Mathias Gronberg posted rounds of 67 and 65 on Sunday to earn a six-stroke win at the Prince George’s County Open in Mitchellville and set the tournament scoring record by one stroke at 19-under 269.

Robert Damron (67) and Justin Bolli (70) shared second place at 13-under-par 275. Esteban Toledo took fourth at 2 under after a final-round 66.

Both the third and fourth rounds of the Nationwide Tour event were completed Sunday after a long weather delay pushed the completion of the first round to Saturday.

Langer cruises

LAKEWAY, Texas | Bernhard Langer shot a final-round 67 and cruised to a six-shot victory over Mark O’Meara in the Triton Financial Classic.

Langer finished at 15-under 201 on the Hills Country Club course. O’Meara shot a final-round 70; Dana Quigley finished with a 69 to end up another shot back.

Huldahl takes Wales Open

NEWPORT, Wales | Jeppe Huldahl shot a 4-under 67 to win the Wales Open by one stroke, giving the world’s 377th ranked player his first European Tour title.

Huldahl had four birdies and no bogey’s in finishing at 9-under 275 at Celtic Manor. Niclas Fasth birdied the last for a 5-under 66 to take second place; Ignacio Garrido (69) was another shot back in third.

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