Jason Dufner holds a commanding lead heading into the third-round of the Memorial Tournament. On what is often called a second-shot golf course, Dufner was red-hot with his iron play all week, registering an astounding +10.682 in strokes gained: approach the green-first in the field.
Fowler, in prime position to force a playoff on the 18th hole by making birdie, instead made bogey after Dufner ended it with his big par putt. Dufner went from the 36-hole record to four shots out of the lead.
Dufner was at 14-under 130, one better than the 36-hole score of Scott Hoch in 1987 and Fowler in 2010. “It’s obviously the tournament I want to win the most … but this is one of those moments you look back on life and just don’t want to miss it”.
Dufner hit on the green, then knocked in the 32-foot putt to clinch what turned out to be a 3-stroke victory, getting a bigger reaction out of Fowler – who would have had a chance to tie with a birdie and a Dufner bogey.
For an hour and 17 minutes, Dufner waited to play his second shot from the thick rough off a downslope immediately in front of a fairway bunker. Dufner was in trouble in deep rough.
Ireland’s Shane Lowry finished tied-15th, eight shots off the lead with his one over final round 73 leaving him on five under for the tournament. It took me nearly 10 years to get out here.
“I hate missing cuts”, Johnson said.
Countryman Marc Leishman (71) joined Day at five-under the card, while Victorian youngster Brett Coletta bagged his first result on the US PGA Tour. It wasn’t something that I planned or that I thought about, it’s just that’s what I felt like I needed to do.
Rickie Fowler came into the final round of the Memorial Tournament five strokes behind leader Daniel Summerhays. He was three shots clear of 2014 Memorial champion Matt Kuchar (67).
“Just got off to a bad start, couldn’t get anything going and then you’re fighting it”.
Dufner, who grew up in northern OH, missed the cut the first two times he played Muirfield Village. But to see him make that putt on the last was cool. A two-time victor of his own event, Nicklaus, 77, all but expects some sort of hassle, that being the nature of the event.
The victory was Dufner’s first on the PGA Tour since his triumph at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January 2016, and he insists he never lost his belief or concentration, despite the magnitude of his collapse during Saturday’s third round.
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) – One of the best perks from winning the Memorial is to walk off the 18th green and into a warm handshake from tournament host Jack Nicklaus.
“There were times when the ball wasn’t where I wanted it to be, but I made some great escapes”, Donaldson said.
“I’m still in this tournament”, he said, his voice barely audible. The good news about shooting back-to-back 65s, though, is that Dufner was still in the third-to-last group on Sunday.