He would miss a 10-footer for birdie at 3-in hindsight, a omen of what was to come-before making a birdie on the par-5 5th. Stanley was eliminated on the first playoff hole, and DeChambeau won with a birdie on the second.
With the course soft and vulnerable to low scores, it was tough to leave shots on the course.
Here's what Woods had to say about after Round 4 of the Memorial Tournament, his final tune-up ahead of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. This week I didn't really have, didn't feel comfortable with my lines and my feel was a little bit off.
For the week, Woods made just one birdie over the closing three holes and played them in 3 over par.
Meanwhile, Woods was first in the field in strokes gained, tee to green; first in strokes gained, approach to the green; and first in proximity to the hole, with an average of 23 feet, 8 inches.
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"I could have easily shot 62 or 63 [on Friday] and could have easily shot 63 or 64 without doing much today", he said.
Woods, 42, has now shot consecutive rounds in the 60s at Muirfield Village after going nine straight without one. He wound up with a one-shot lead over Kyle Stanley, who bogeyed the 18th hole from the bunker for a 70; Cantlay, who drove into the creek left of the 18th fairway for a bogey and a 66; and Niemann, who atoned for one big mistake on the 15th hole with a birdie on the 18th for a 70. "Hopefully I can play well like this on the weekend and I've got a great chance of winning this tournament". He entered the year having never made a hole-in-one as a pro and now has two already this season with one at Pebble Beach.
"I hit it pretty well for having what I'd would call B to B-plus game, " DeChambeau said.
Kyle Stanley made four straight birdies and stood on the 72nd tee tied for the Memorial Tournament lead on Sunday, but an unlucky break made his route to the title that much more hard.
Henrik Stenson (66) and Justin Rose (66) were among five at 137 with Dustin Johnson (66), Bubba Watson (67) and Adam Scott (66) also in contention at 138.
Niemann took the lead with his 50-foot eagle.