Justin Rose joined the English revival in golf on Sunday, rallying from a four-shot deficit to win the Memorial 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 66 and a three-shot victory over Rickie Fowler.
Rose tapped in for par, thrust his fist in the air and slammed it down, a moment long overdue. Even year-old son Leo approved. As Rose held him aloft in his arms, 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, 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.
Champions Principal Charity Classic — The previous two years, Nick Price's final rounds at the Principal Charity Classic were filled with tough shots and even tougher finishes.
Price solved that problem Sunday in West Des Moines, Iowa, by grabbing an early lead and never letting it go.
"Today was a big day for me, because I think had I not finished it off it would have left a psychological scar in me. Because I couldn't have played any better than I did this week," Price said. "I tried to be aggressive when I needed to. I tried to be conservative when I needed to."
Price shot a 4-under 67 to beat Tommy Armour III by four strokes for his second Champions Tour win of the year and third overall. The 53-year-old star, a three-time major champion, finished at 14-under 199 on the Glen Oaks Country Club course.
Price led heading into the final rounds the previous two years in Iowa before falling short. But Price grabbed the lead with a birdie on the fourth hole and stayed comfortably in front the rest of the way.