Jason Dufner hangs on to win weather-delayed Memorial

Beth Cruz
June 18, 2017

But he rebounded Sunday with a four-under 68 to earn his fifth PGA Tour victory, winning by three shots from Rickie Fowler (70) and Anirban Lahiri (65). "She'll be giving the commencement speech for the school and I'm going to be there", Mickelson told reporters after the third round of the Memorial tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

"It's outrageous to make my first cut on the PGA Tour; I'm really pleased with myself", said Coletta. The last five winners coming into the week were all top 10 in strokes gained on approach shots, and Dufner continued that trend by finishing No. 1 even with a negative strokes gained on Saturday.

After finding the right rough from the tee at the hard par-4 18, Dufner was then forced to nervously ponder his approach shot and collect his thoughts as play was suspended for the second time due to inclement weather. A swift hack through the wet grass managed to push the ball 75 yards forward, leaving Dufner 119 from the pin - and still in the rough.

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.

Daniel Summerhays made bogey on his last hole and shot 69 to finish five shots behind Dufner. He missed a 6-foot par putt on the third, then hit into the right bunker on the par-3 4th and made another bogey.

Storms have been in the forecast for Sunday, though not early enough for the PGA Tour to move up the tee times. They all have a long way to go to get to Dufner.

For the second consecutive week Marc Leishman shared best performing Australian honours with his tie for 15 matched by OH resident and Muirfield Village member Jason Day, who closed with a two-under-par 70.

It's not often that you can shoot a round near 80 in a tournament and still win the event, but that's exactly what Jason Dufner did this week at the Memorial Tournament. I just needed to get myself together.

"Pretty good company there and pretty good event to win", Dufner said.

He fell back into a tie for third at nine-under with compatriots Bubba Watson (68) and Justin Thomas (69). The American, in search of his first win this year, said that he would withdraw from the upcoming US Open, the only Major championship he has not won, to attend his daughter Amanda's high school graduation.

"I've been working on my breathing a lot, to be honest with you, " Dufner said. I think the one thing that also helps it gives me something to think about other than my stroke or holing this putt or the situation I'm in.

"Those 30 footers are a little easier for me than the three footers", Dufner joked after his win. I've had two months of playing really good golf and not getting any results.

Matt Kuchar chips to the 14th green during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament, Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Dublin, Ohio.

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