Friday's roundup: Dufner has another 65, opens big lead

Taylor Byrd
June 18, 2017

And then he played his best golf on the back nine, and kept his composure during two rain delays, to close with a 4-under 68 and win by three shots.

Dufner ultimately separated from a packed leaderboard to win by three shots at 13 under, thanks to a bogey-free 4-under 32 on the back nine.

Daniel Summerhays is on target to claim his first PGA Tour title as he takes a three-shot lead into the final round at the Memorial Tournament after carding a 68 in OH on Saturday.

Jason Dufner saved the best for last, biding his time through a late lightning delay before sinking a 32-foot putt to win the Memorial tournament in OH on Sunday.

Countryman Marc Leishman (71) joined Day at five-under the card, while Victorian youngster Brett Coletta bagged his first result on the US PGA Tour.

Rickie Fowler, who played alongside Dufner in the final round, and Anirban Lahiri tied for second at 10 under. "They're hungry. They want to win tournaments".

The second weather delay of the final round came after Dufner and Fowler hit their drives on the 18th, and with only six players remaining on the course.

He made it more exciting than he preferred on the 18th by driving into thick rough just short of the bunker, and hacking out into more rough.

He stayed in the game during a wild stretch early, and then hit the ball so pure that he hit every green until the 18th and only once had a birdie putt over 12 feet.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson signed for a 68 and headed a group on 207 that also included Justin Thomas and Dufner. No putt looked like a sure thing, not even his 2 foot, 9 inch birdie putt on 17 Sunday. They all have a long way to go to get to Dufner.

Using a breathing trick he says he picked up while reading about military snipers, Dufner has been better on the greens this year, but at Muirfield Village he was both good and bad.

Rookie Brett Coletta has demonstrated his pedigree as Australia's next US PGA Tour star with two gutsy rounds at the Memorial Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. He broke through at the CareerBuilder in January of previous year for his first post-major win, but he hasn't represented the United States in a team event since the 2013 Presidents Cup played here at Muirfield Village. "Making the turn at even was good, and I felt comfortable to get a little aggressive on the back". "So for me to be around them I think helped me kind of get to this point". He was three shots clear of 2014 Memorial champion Matt Kuchar (67).

"It's good for staying calm, " he said.

The shot that got the most attention was Dufner's 6-iron that he holed on No. 18 for his eagle. "I knew about him but didn t get to see him play in his prime".

"Yesterday was not my best day", Dufner said of his 77.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Yeah, this closing putt from Dufner.

"To always have my name attached with this event and Mr. Nicklaus, that's the thing that makes me proud the most, I think", he said.

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