The Memorial Tournament
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June 3rd 2012, Dublin, Ohio, U.S.A.: Tiger Woods produced some of the old magic to match Jack Nicklaus' career tally of 73 PGA Tour wins with his fifth victory at the Memorial Tournament.
The final-day surge up the field, the red shirt, the steely-eyed determination to finish the job - and a defining shot, and celebration, as he holed out from off the 16th green for birdie.
Flopping the ball out of a difficult lie onto the near edge of the putting surface, Woods watched the ball roll dead weight into the right edge of the hole.
Starting the day four off the lead, the former world number one birdied the second hole after a fine approach to eight feet but it was the fifth where his round sparked into life.
With two par-fives in the space of three holes, Woods took full advantage by birdying both as well as the intervening sixth.
He gave one shot back at the eighth when a 40-foot putt broke too far, and after losing another at 10 it looked as though his charge would not materialise.
But he had other ideas, with three birdies in the last four holes including the shot which Nicklaus himself, watching at greenside, said was the best he had seen at the Muirfield Village course.
And Woods told Sky Sports 1: "I knew if I hit it short it would have been down and left, if I hit it long it was in the water.
"The lie wasn't all that great, I had to take a cut at it and it came out just perfect."
Only Sam Snead, on 82, now remains ahead of him in the all-time table for tour wins.
And Woods - 10 years younger than Nicklaus when he recorded his last win - said: "It's been pretty nice and to do it at age 36, it's not too shabby.
"I've been very proud what I've done so far in my career and I feel I've still got a lot of good years ahead of me."
On Sunday's round as a whole, he said: "Boy, I hit it good today.
"I never really missed a shot, I had the pace of the greens really nice and made a few putts."
Overnight leader Spencer Levin opened up with an 11-foot putt for birdie and was solid for the remainder of his front nine, but bogeyed the 10th and gradually unravelled on the way home.
Sabbatini was one over for his front nine but hit his approach at the par-five 11th to three feet and holed out for birdie.
He repeated the feat at the tricky short 12th - and also saw Levin dump his tee shot in the back left bunker, which seemed to derail the erstwhile leader's challenge.
It led to a bogey and worse was to follow at the next as a six-foot bogey putt dived dramatically right, the resulting six dropping him three shots off the lead at five under.
Sabbatini was fortunate to see his tee shot at the next pull up just short of the water and he capitalised with a perfectly measured approach which followed the contours of the green round towards the hole - but his birdie putt stopped inches short.
He was two clear at that stage but Woods was not finished and birdied 15 before producing the big moment of the day at the next.
Levin held his breath as a par putt at 16 horseshoed round the back of the hole before succumbing to gravity, but he could not hole out at 17.
Woods' nerveless putt for a closing birdie meant he would have been out of the hunt in any case, and left Sabbatini needing an improbable eagle at the par-four 18th to force a play-off.
That was never on the cards, and Woods' coronation was confirmed moments later.
Andres Romero came from off the pace to share second place with Sabbatini, eagling the long 15th before finishing with a birdie three.
Levin shared fourth with Daniel Summerhays on five under, the latter carding 69 including three birdies and an eagle in his last five holes.
Two more Americans, Matt Every and Jonathan Byrd, were four under, with Justin Rose three under and a closing 67 leaving fellow Englishman Greg Owen a further shot back alongside Ryo Ishikawa and Aaron Baddeley. Luke Donald was one under.
Woods' playing partner Rickie Fowler's anticipated challenge crumbled spectacularly.
The young American wore his trademark all-orange for the final day but would have wanted to disappear from view after squandering an opening birdie by dropping four shots over the next three holes.
He birdied the fifth but two more bogeys followed as he recorded only one par in his first eight holes, and his woes continued on the back nine.
He ended up 12 over for his round, with three double-bogeys along the way, and seven over for the week.
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