Jason Dufner emerged from a star-laden leaderboard to win the Memorial Tournament by three shots. Dufner’s triumph came despite a Saturday 77, when nothing went well for the veteran and his four shot lead turned into a four shot deficit. Duf surged past Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Daniel Summerhays and Bubba Watson after a bogey-free, back-nine 32 to capture his fifth career win and join Jack Nicklaus as the only Ohio-born players to win the event. The win gives Dufner a three-year exemption and moves him into contention for a President’s Cup spot.
It was another strong showing from Rickie Fowler, who is amidst one of the most consistent seasons of his career. Since the turn of the calendar, Fowler has a win and three top-four finishes in ten starts. He seems to be in top shape for the US Open, which is just one week away.
2017 has seen Bubba Watson move to an all-fish diet, play colored Volvik golf balls and rarely a meaningful game of golf on Sundays. This week, Bubba was back in contention, briefly holding the lead at the Memorial before eventually settling for a t6th finish, his best of 2017. No matter what your opinion of the long-hitting lefty, golf is more exciting when he is in the hunt.
Winning is hard
It was the first 54-hole lead of Daniel Summerhays’ career, but things didn’t go to well. The former BYU star tumbled down the leaderboard, shooting a six-over 78 and a tie for tenth. While it wasn’t the Sunday Summerhays had hoped for, I expect to see him back in contention sooner than later and ending up with a better result.
A rare weekend off
The surprise of the week was not seeing world number one Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm on the weekend after each missed the cut. I wouldn’t look too far into either; it was only Johnson’s second and Rahm’s first missed cut of 2017 (the second of Rahm’s whole professional career). Both DJ and Rahm should be near the top of of the list of favorites for the U.S. Open.
Jason Dufner (-13)
Anirban Lahiri (-10)
Rickie Fowler (-10)
Justin Thomas (-9)
Matt Kuchar (-9)
Kyle Stanley (-8)
Kevin Kisner (-8)
James Hahn (-8)
Bubba Watson (-8)
The Woke Yolk: Thoughts and Observations from the NCAAs
I spent last week out at Rich Harvest Farms for the NCAA Men’s Championship watching a ton of golf and writing about some of the things that stuck out to me. Read it all here.
Another young winner
At the Nordea Masters, 20-year-old Italian Renato Paratore fired a final-round 70 to earn his first win on the European Tour. Paratore became the youngest winner on the European Tour since Matteo Manassero in 2013, beating out Chris Wood and Matthew Fitzpatrick by one shot. Full scores
Golf Course Architecture talk
Dave Esler joined the podcast to talk about his career, what Ohio State’s Scarlet Course was versus what it is today, his upcoming project on the Oregon Coast Pacific Gales and much more. Listen in on our website, iTunes or Stitcher.
Phil won’t tee it up in the US Open because of his daughter’s high school graduation.
Conrad Shindler tops Chesson Hadley to win the Web Tour’s Rex Hospital Open.
Former Georgia star Lee McCoy wins by eight shots in his first Canadian Tour start.
Kim wins for the fifth time at the Shoprite LPGA Classic.