On Sunday at the Memorial Touranment, DeChambeau did exactly that by birdieing the second playoff hole and winning at Muirfield Village in Jack Nicklaus' tournament.
And things looked good when he birdied the first hole, but Woods could never get closer than 3 strokes to the leaders and again missed numerous changes, settling for just three birdies and three bogeys.
On Thursday, Woods started on the more hard back nine, played his first two par-5s in three over and stood at four over after seven holes.
South Korea's An Byeong-hun was in fifth at 12-under 204, two strokes ahead of Englishman Justin Rose (69), who is looking for his second straight PGA Tour win after his victory at the Fort Worth Invitational in Texas. Stanley was eliminated after a bogey at the first extra hole.
Stanley failed to scramble his par after DeChambeau left his tentative first putt eight feet short, and his putt for victory veered across the front of the hole and missed on the low side.
Patrick Cantlay made two eagles, including a hole-in-one.
For Woods, the last memory of his four rounds at Muirfield Village will be sublime ballstriking, the best in the field and better than anything he has produced going back to the first of his four back surgeries. But on the par-5 No. 11, Woods holed out an eagle that sent the crowd into absolute hysterics.
"I'm in position. Hopefully I'm not too far back", he said.
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DeChambeau failed to take advantage, however, three-putting from 55 feet to fall into the three-way playoff.
"I've been driving the ball well, which I think is the key to this golf course." the American said.
Stanley, who won the Quicken Loans National last summer, was atop the leaderboard for much of the day and was starting to pull away until a poor tee shot at No. 6 led to bogey. "If I just make a few more putts like I did earlier in the year, when I was putting really well, you put those two together and then I'll have something".
Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., made the cut on Friday but will not finish the tournament after shooting a 73 on Saturday to sit a 1-over par.
Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose each had a 66 and were in the group at 7-under 137, while Dustin Johnson was among those at 138, even though he has played the par 5s in just 1 under for the week.
The highlight of his premature round was at the Par-5 11th.
Woods shot scores of 72-67-68-72 to finish at 9 under par. Still, with the leaders making birdies, he may need some help to remain in contention heading into Sunday.