Jun 5th, 2017
Jason Dufner fights back
To win Memorial
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Jason Dufner, helped by a poor final round from Daniel Summerhays, fought back to win the Memorial Tournament by three shots, and secure his fifth PGA Tour title.
Summerhays took a three–shot lead into the final round in Ohio and looked well placed to claim his first PGA Tour title. But it was not to be as he shot a 78, with four bogeys and a double, to leave the door wide open for Jason Dufner.
Dufner bounced straight back from a woeful 77 on moving day, shooting a final round of 68, with seven birdies, and three bogeys to finish on –13, and three shots clear of Anirban Lahiri and Rickie Fowler.
"Yesterday was not my best day," Dufner said of his 77. "But I had to get over it quick. It's a 72–hole tournament, there's a lot of things that can happen out there. I knew I was still in the mix."
"I've always been a fighter, especially since I've turned professional," he added. "Doing this hasn't come easy for me. There's been a lot of struggles and a lot of setbacks. I didn't come straight out of college and play the PGA Tour. It took me almost ten years to get out here. Took me another two after that to win and actually get to where I felt comfortable."
Fowler had been in contention but bogeys on the 14th and 18th saw he sign for a 70. “To see him make that putt on the last was cool,” said Rickie graciously of the Duf.