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Woods wins at U.S. Open warm up

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  • Tiger Woods beats Jim Furyk by one shot to take his fourth Memorial victory
  • World number one Woods birdied the final two holes at the Ohio tournament
  • It was the 67th title of Woods' career and came ahead of U.S. Open defense
  • The U.S. Open starts June 18 at Bethpage Black with Woods bang in form
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(CNN) -- Tiger Woods birdied the final two holes to clinch a stunning comeback victory by one shot over fellow American Jim Furyk at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio on Sunday.

Woods celebrates a record fourth Memorial win and fires a warning ahead of his U.S. Open title defense.

Woods celebrates a record fourth Memorial win and fires a warning ahead of his U.S. Open title defense.

The world number one was in scintillating form throughout a final-round 65 at Muirfield Village Golf Club where a seven-under-par tally left Woods at 12-under 276 overall.

An eagle at the par-five 11th provided the highlight of a round which included three birdies -- and a bogey at 16 -- in the final four holes.

That was enough to overcome a four-shot deficit on overnight leaders Matt Bettencourt and Mark Wilson - the American pair mustering, respectively, only 75 and 73.

Only two of the top nine players in Dublin managed to break 70 as the ominous presence of Woods took its customary toll on his rivals.

The other was Furyk, who shot 69 to close the day as Woods's nearest challenger with the US third-place duo of Mark Wilson and Jonathan Byrd another three shots away.

Woods took the title for a record fourth time and made it 67 on the PGA Tour overall as he fired a warning ahead of his U.S. Open title defense at Bethpage Black in two weeks.

"It was nice to play this well going into the US Open," Woods said. "This is how you have to hit it in order to win US Opens."

The stunning finish served notice that Woods is back on form after making his return from an eight-month layoff and ready to defend the crown he won limping through a playoff last year.

"I knew it was coming around. I haven't been as coinsistent as I wanted to be. That cost me tournaments. I was just glad to clean that up," he said.

Woods won his first victory of the season at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.

"Some expectations had to be lowered when I first came back," Woods said. "It was nice to get a win so early but it is nicer to get one now that I can hit more shots."

Woods, a 14-time major champion, had prior titles in 1999, 2000 and 2001 at the Memorial, which is hosted by Jack Nicklaus, the boyhood idol of Woods who owns the all-time major title record of 18 that is Woods' ultimate target.

Woods reached all 14 fairways off the tee, completing one of the strongest driving performances of his career. He missed only three in the first two days and his 18 fairways hit in a row is his longest such streak since 2003.

"It all came together," Woods said. "I knew I could do this. It's just a matter of give me a little bit of time. I just came off of a pretty extended break. I was close to winning but the game wasn't quite there when I really needed it on Sunday.

"I rectified that."

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