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Memorial Tournament 2012: Tiger Woods and Stars Sure to Plummet This Weekend

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 01:  Tiger Woods waves to the gallery after a birdie putt on the first green during the second round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June1, 2012 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2012

With the 2012 Memorial Tournament underway, the excitement and suspense is already in full gear and blowing our minds.

Unbelievably bad starts from favorites like Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson have them out of the tournament; leaving the field wide open and ripe for the taking.

While this is the perfect chance for a veteran to sneak in and steal the show, all of the following players will blow their chance at greatness by losing at this weekend's Memorial Tournament.

 

Tiger Woods

While enigmatic golfer Tiger Woods was always known for his ability to close tournaments out, his recent lack of success stems from his inconsistent play.

There is no doubt the he earned his five-under heading into the weekend, but his recent track record proves that means nothing. In his last three tournaments—which includes a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational—the last two rounds of each have been mediocre at best.

With history against him and a field full of stars trying to build momentum for the U.S. Open, Woods will not win this week at the Memorial.

 

Rory Sabbatini

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 01:  Rory Sabbatini of South Africa watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June1, 2012 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy
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For as much talent as he has, South African Rory Sabbatini has a serious problem making the cut of tournaments. Now that he is leading the Memorial heading into the weekend, it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure.

With a 69 on Thursday and Friday, Sabbatini’s consistency is astounding. After tallying four-straight 71s at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, it seems that whatever Sabbatini hits on Day 1 will be his score throughout the tournament.

While his track record looks good recently, the fact that he has missed the cut on eight of the 16 tournaments he entered this year has many fans skeptical about how long he will lead.

 

Jim Furyk

FORT WORTH, TX - MAY 24:  Jim Furyk watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial at the Colonial Country Club on May 24, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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While Jim Furyk’s Day 2 was great enough to get him into the show, his lack of consistency and an intense field of competitors will have the PGA veteran sliding down the board.

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Furyk will finishing in the top 20, with a top five a real possibility, but he will not win. Furyk is always in contention, but has the LeBron James clutch gene and just can’t finish a tourney off.

Veterans will have the advantage on the tough surfaces and hole placements of the Muirfield Village Country Club, but Furyk will not be able to capitalize.

 

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