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Golf – Woods happy with positive finale

Tiger Woods will go into next week's US Open in a positive mood after finishing the Memorial Tournament on Sunday with a final round 67. The 43-year-old American's form has slipped since he stunned the sport by claiming the 15th major title of his career when winning the Masters at Augusta National in April. And, while scores of 70, 72 and 70 meant he went into the closing round with no chance of winning the Memorial title at Muirfield Village, Woods at least showed he has not lost his touch with seven birdies in the opening nine holes. He did suffer a couple of bogeys to slip back to a nine-under 279 for the tournament and a joint-ninth place finish, but he is feeling encouraged ahead of his bid to win a fourth US Open crown at Pebble Beach. Woods, who is 12/1 with Bet365 to win the US Open, said: "I wanted to have something positive going into the Open and kind of sneak up there with a nice little top 10 possibly."

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