Nicklaus: U.S. needs Ryder Cup help

"Yeah, it's coming up quickly," Woods said after shooting a closing 5-under 67 on Sunday to finish eight shots behind winner K.J. Choi. "It's just amazing how fast it's coming along. You figure that, oh, it'll get here eventually and then all of a sudden it's coming up quickly. We're very excited. Elin is at home chilling out, and I can't wait to get back there and hang out and start relaxing as well."

Someone asked if the baby was a boy.

"I don't know anything," Woods said with a laugh. "You know more than I do then."

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CLOSE ... SORT OF: Two-time Memorial winner Kenny Perry came out of nowhere to charge to a share of the lead. Perry, who likes to collect muscle cars, shot the best round on Sunday - a 9-under 63 - but didn't have enough fuel left in the tank to overtake K.J. Choi's closing 65.

"I was so far behind all day, trying to play catch-up," said Perry, who won the Memorial in 1991 and again in 2003. "So, you know, I had the gas pedal down all day. I was just pushing hard. I knew I just had to try to make birdie every hole."

The highlight of his day came at the 447-yard, par-4 sixth hole when he holed a wedge from 131 yards for eagle.

Perry has lost 25 pounds and recovered from surgery on his right knee to right himself after some of the darkest moments of his career.

"It was just a great day for me, being from where I was two months ago to where I am today," he said. "It's been very uplifting."

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NICKLAUS AWARD: Southern California freshman Jamie Lovemark was presented the Jack Nicklaus Award by its namesake on Sunday during the Memorial Tournament. The award is given annually to the national collegiate player of the year.

"There's quite a few pretty good names on that trophy, Jamie," Nicklaus said during the presentation. "If you want to stay around this afternoon, you'll see probably about 20 of those guys out her playing."

Lovemark was the medalist at this year's NCAA championship at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Course in Williamsburg, Va. He also was medalist of the Pac-10, Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge and the Oregon Duck Invitational. He made two cuts on the PGA Tour at the Western Open and Buick Invitational.

Asked by his USC coach, Chris Zambri, if he planned on getting his degree, Lovemark smiled and said, "I sure do. All three years of being stuck with you."

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DIVOTS: Charles Howell III, after rounds of 69, 73 and 80, withdrew due to an undisclosed illness before the final 18 holes. ... Ryan Moore strung together five birdies in a row in a back-nine 31 to shoot 66 and take second place by himself, a shot back of Choi. ... Choi had 24 putts in the final round, and totaled 109 for the tournament.

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