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Dufner hangs on to win weatherdel­ayed Memorial Tournament

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OHIO: Jason Dufner continued his assault on the weather-hit Memorial Tournament on Sunday, rebounding from a dreadful 77 to close with a four-under 68 and win the PGA Tour event by three strokes.

Dufner clinched the win by saving par on No.18 with an incredible 30-foot putt from the middle of the green.

“Those 30 footers are a little easier for me than the three footers,” Dufner joked after his win.

Dufner’s 13-under 275 total gave him his fifth career PGA Tour victory as he survived two rain delays on Sunday including one that lasted 77 minutes and another which hit while he was playing his final hole.

Dufner, who won the 2013 PGA Championsh­ip, shot back-to-back 65s to take a five-stroke lead into Saturday’s third round.

But a horrendous four-hole bogey stretch beginning on No.2 was all it took to derail his third round. So he began the fourth round four shots adrift of Daniel Summerhays.

“Obviously yesterday wasn’t my best day,” Dufner said. “I was disappoint­ed, especially with how well I played the first two days when I thought I was in good control.

“I had to get over it quick. It is a 72-hole tournament. I knew I was still in the mix. I just had to get myself together. Making the turn at even was good. Then I felt comfortabl­e to get aggressive on back nine.”

Dufner, who turned pro in 2000, didn’t win his first tournament until his 164th start at the 2012 Zurich Classic. When he walked off 18, after draining his long putt, the first person to greet him was tournament host and 18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus.

“To be honest I didn’t start playing golf until the late 90s,” Dufner said. “I knew about him but didn’t get to see him play in his prime.” India’s Anirban Lahiri fired a seven-under 65 to finish in a tie for second with American Rickie Fowler, who shot 70.

LEADING FINAL ROUND SCORES

(USA unless noted, par-72)

275 — Jason Dufner 65-65-77-68

278 — Rickie Fowler 70-66-72-65, Anirban Lahiri (IND) 74-70-69-65

279 — Justin Thomas 67-71-69-72, Matt Kuchar 69-70-67-73

280 — Bubba Watson 71-68-68-73, Kyle Stanley 74-67-71-68, James Hahn 74-72-65-69, Kevin Kisner 70-69-70-71

 ?? AFP ?? Jason Dufner poses with the trophy.
AFP Jason Dufner poses with the trophy.

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