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Tiger Woods finished the final round of the Memorial Tournament where he started it -- four shots off the lead and feeling pretty confident about his game.

``I hit it good all week,'' said Woods, this year's Masters champion. ``I hit it good off the tees all week. I controlled my irons well, I just didn't putt well early in the week. I started putting better on the weekend, but it was a little too late.''

Woods shot a 68 on Sunday but failed to make up ground because Bart Bryant, who started the day with a share of the lead, also finished 4 under on the last 18 holes to earn his second PGA tour win.

Bryant's 16-under 272 at Muirfield Village was one shot better than Fred Couples. Woods, his Sunday playing partner Bo Van Pelt, and Jeff Sluman tied for third at 276.

Woods had eight birdies Sunday, including three straight on Nos. 5-7, but followed that with a double bogey on No. 8. ``It was just enough of a momentum killer,'' he said.

If his 40-foot putt for birdie at No. 18 had dropped -- it grazed the cup -- Woods would have finished alone in third and recaptured the No. 1 world ranking from Vijay Singh, who missed the Memorial cut.

Woods nearly made Sunday's best shot when his chip from the bunker at the 14th hit the pin and ended up about 4 feet from the cup.

``I was just trying to fly it underneath the wind and I absolutely flushed it. I hit it perfectly solid,'' he said.

While the only three-time Memorial winner (1999-2001) couldn't rally for a win in the event's 30th edition, he wasn't too discouraged with his performance -- a tuneup for the U.S. Open in 11 days at Pinehurst No. 2.

``You stay in the moment, stay in the present because there's so many different circumstances that could happen out there,'' Woods said.

 

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