Tiger Woods' 2012 chip-in a memorable Memorial highlight at tough par-3 16th

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Tiger Woods' 2012 chip-in a memorable Memorial highlight at tough par-3 16th

The Memorial Tournament 

Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio

Hole No. 16

Par 3, 201 yards

This water-lined par-3 serves as the perfect arena for final-round drama. Tiger Woods delivered the theatrics in a big way back in 2012, when this difficult home stretch hole provided the venue for Woods’ signature moment in what was then his second win on Tour since 2009.

Woods was 7 under through 15 in the final round of the 2012 Memorial and trailed leader Rory Sabbatini by one stroke. He birdied the par-5 15th hole to get within one and came to a crossroads at No. 16. The hole plays just a little over 200 yards most days and is protected by a large pond that surrounds the entire left side of the green. Two large bunkers protect the right side of the green, with a third bunker placed long and left, behind the green. Woods’ approach was long and right, past the two bunkers in front of the green into thick rough. The back left Sunday pin meant Woods needed to try to pull off a difficult chip into the downhill slope toward the pin.

The margin for error was small. If the chip came out too hot, it could have rolled past the pin into the water and erased any hopes of victory. Woods landed his flop shot perfectly on the front right side of the green and watched it roll into the cup for birdie. It led to a two-shot victory for Woods and his fifth career win at Memorial.

His birdie was one of just 32 on the week, compared to 112 bogeys and 28 scores of double or higher.

Six years later, this continues to play as the toughest hole at Memorial most years and creates a visually intimidating tee shot for players in the hunt come Sunday. As Woods proved, it can also springboard a player to victory.

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