Rickie Fowler, the 21-year-old rookie was trying to become the youngest winner of the Memorial Tournament. Fowler had a share of the lead thru the first 3 rounds but faltered on the back nine on the final round opening the door for Justin Rose to come thru and win the Memorial.
Rose rallied from a four-shot deficit with a flawless final round for his first victory in seven years playing the PGA Tour.
It was the second straight year the Memorial winner rallied from four shots behind. Tiger Woods did it a year ago, and Rose was equally impressive in playing bogey-free at Muirfield Village for a 6-under 66 on Sunday.
Rose ran off three straight birdies to make the turn, saved par with a 20-footer on the 10th to keep his momentum, then seized control over the next hour despite making only one birdie.
Fowler, drove into the bunker on No. 10 for bogey. He took birdie out of the equation on the par-5 11th when he laid up into a messy lie behind trees in the left rough. Then came the par-3 12th, where his tee shot bounded off the slope and into the water for a double bogey.
Fowler fought to stay in the mix, but he never got closer than two shots the rest of the way.
It has been a big year for England, from Lee Westwood rising to No. 3 in the world to Ian Poulter winning his first World Golf Championship and Luke Donald winning last week in Spain.
Next up is the St. Jude Classic. Brian Gay defends.
MACDOWELL TAKES HOME WALES TITLE
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland shot a closing-round 63 to pick up his fifth career European Tour victory at the Wales Open on Sunday.
McDowell’s 15-under 269 over this year’s Ryder Cup course at Celtic Manor left him three shots ahead of Welshman Rhys Davies. England’s Luke Donald, the winner of last week’s Madrid Masters, finished in third place.McDowell had eight birdies in the first 11 holes of his final round.
The third-round leader, Germany’s Marcel Siem, collapsed to a 75, which left him in seventh. Siem’s woes left the 25-year-old Davies, the favorite to win Europe’s Rookie of the Year award, as the main challenger. His 9-under 62, a record on the new course, included two eagles.
The European Tour moves to Portugal for the Estoril Open de Portugal. Michael Hoey is the defending champion.
Price had a 14-under 199 total to grab his second Champions Tour win this season and the third of his career.
Price led heading into the final round in each of the last two years in Iowa before falling short. But Price grabbed the lead after four holes on Sunday and stayed comfortably in front the rest of the way.
Armour, the co-leader with Price after two rounds, shot an even-par 71 and finished second for the third time this year with a 10-under 203.
The win gave Price multiple victories in the same season for the first time since 1994, when he won six times on the PGA Tour.
GAINEY WINS FIRST TITLETommy Gainey closed with a 6-under 65 Sunday to pick up his first Nationwide Tour win at the Melwood Prince George's County Open.
Gainey finished the event at 17-under-par 267.
Frank Lickliter II and third-round co-leader Jin Park shared second place at minus-16.
B.J. Staten, who shared the third-round lead with Park, stumbled to a 6-over 77 on the University of Maryland Golf Course to tumble into a share of 30th at minus-8.
IN OTHER NEWS
A new EA Sports spot with Tiger Woods takes a much lighter approach.The ad
is filled with humorous references to football and other team sports, an
attempt to market the game’s new Ryder Cup team mode. The commercial features
Woods and other professional golfers, including Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter
and Edoardo Molinari. The commercial is scheduled to air in prime-time
Sunday during Game 2 of the NBA finals on ABC.
Colin Montgomerie says his performance as European Ryder Cup captain will
not be affected by a newspaper report that he was unfaithful to his wife.
Montgomerie had earlier issued a statement saying he had put his marriage
“under considerable strain,” but that he and his wife were “working through
these problems.” The Scot added that he was “very sorry for the hurt I have
caused to the ones I love so much.”
Mark Calcavecchia played his last PGA Tour event at the Memorial. Calc, will turn 50 next week and move on to play the Champions Tour full time.
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