June 3, 2018 / 8:18 PM / 4 months ago

Golf-DeChambeau prevails in three-way playoff to win Memorial

June 3 (Reuters) - Bryson DeChambeau beat South Korean An Byeong-hun and fellow American Kyle Stanley in a three-way playoff to win the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday as Tiger Woods’s victory hopes fell apart on the back nine.

Overnight leader DeChambeau drained a 12-foot downhill birdie putt at the second playoff hole, the par-four 18th, at Muirfield Village Golf Club while An settled for a par. Stanley was eliminated after a bogey at the first extra hole.

DeChambeau, who began the day with a one-shot lead, had a chance in regulation to secure his second win on the PGA Tour but his celebration was put on hold after he missed his par putt from eight feet at the last.

The world number 38 carded a one-under-par 71 for a 15-under 273, level with An (69) and Stanley (70).

Woods began his day five shots behind DeChambeau and made an early move with an opening birdie followed by another at the par-five fifth that brought him to 11 under and within three shots of the lead.

But after a bogey-birdie start to the back nine, five-times winner Woods dropped another shot at the par-four 13th where his drive went out of bounds and all but ended his hopes of an 80th PGA Tour victory.

Woods, in his last start before the June 14-17 U.S. Open, closed with an even-par 72 that left him six shots off the lead and in a share on 23rd place. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond)

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