Justin Rose rebounded from a four-shot deficit to win the Memorial yesterday in Dublin, Ohio, with a flawless final round for his first victory in seven years on the PGA Tour.
It was the second straight year the Memorial winner came from four shots behind. Tiger Woods did it a year ago, and the 29-year-old Rose was equally impressive. He played bogey-free at Muirfield Village for a 6-under-par 66 and a three-shot victory over Rickie Fowler.
“I’ve had a few close calls over time, and you start to sometimes wonder why you can’t get it done,’’ Rose said.
It was his 162d start in PGA Tour events, dating to that memorable performance he turned in as a 17-year-old amateur when he tied for fourth at Royal Birkdale in the 1998 British Open.
Fowler, the 21-year-old rookie trying to become the youngest winner on the course Jack Nicklaus built, fell apart briefly on the back nine to fall three shots behind, and he never caught up. He closed with a 73 to finish runner-up for the second time this year.
Ricky Barnes (73) offset two double bogeys by holing out from the fairway for eagle and tied for third with Bo Van Pelt (69).
Woods closed with a 72 and tied for 19th to finish 12 shots behind.
Phil Mickelson shot a 69 in his final tuneup for the US Open.
Champions — Nick Price shot an 4-under 67 to hold off Tommy Armour III (71) and win the Principal Charity Classic by four strokes in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Price had a 14-under 199 total for his second win this season. Fred Couples (66) birdied his last four holes to finish at 7-under.
Nationwide — Tommy Gainey won the Prince George’s County Open in College Park, Md., closing with a 6-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Frank Lickliter II (66) and Jin Park (69). Pembroke’s Justin Peters (72) finished T12.
European — Graeme McDowell shot a 63 to win the Wales Open in Newport. His 15-under 269 over this year’s Ryder Cup course at Celtic Manor left him three shots ahead of Rhys Davies (62).