Justin Rose joined the English revival in golf Sunday, rallying from a four-shot deficit to win the Memorial 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 in Dublin, Ohio, for a 6-under 66 and a three-shot victory over Rickie Fowler.
Rose tapped in for par and thrust his fist in the air. Even his year-old son Leo approved. As Rose held him aloft, the infant clapped his hands.
“I’ve had a few close calls over time, and you start to sometimes wonder why you can’t get it done,” Rose said.
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It was his 162nd 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, a 21-year-old rookie trying to become the youngest winner on the course Jack Nicklaus built, fell three shots behind on the back nine and couldn’t recover.
Puyallup’s Ryan Moore shot a 68, tied for second-best of the day, to tie for fifth.
Nick Price shot a 4-under 67 to win the Principal Charity Classic by four shots over Tommy Armour III on the 50-and-over Champions Tour in West Des Moines, Iowa. … Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland closed with an 8-under 63 for a three-shot victory over Welshman Rhys Davies in the Wales Open on the European PGA Tour. McDowell finished at 15-under 269 on Celtic Manor’s Twenty Ten Course in Newport, where the Ryder Cup matches will be played this fall. … Tommy Gainey’s 6-under 65 earned him his first Nationwide Tour victory at the Prince George’s County Open in College Park, Md. Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley tied for fourth. … Former UW All-American Brock Mackenzie shot a 4-under 66 to win the Times Colonist Open in Victoria, B.C. His first Canadian Tour victory paid $40,000.