Jason Dufner fought off the field and inclement weather which caused two rain delays to win the JACK NICKLAUS MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT in a manner reminiscent of the tournament host’s battles with Arnold Palmer and others in year’s past.
After shooting consecutive rounds of 65 to secure a five-shot lead heading into Saturday, the “golf gods” showed everyone in the gallery at Dublin, Ohio that the game was not as easy as Dufner was making it seem to that point. He would card a disastrous round of 77 on Saturday, as every club in his bag appeared to betray the eventual Champion. The main beneficiary was third-round leader Daniel Summerhays.
On Sunday, Dufner showed he had the heart of the champion he would become a few hours later. Fighting through two rain delays and a late challenge from Ricky Fowler, the Champion shot a 68 for a final card of 13-under 275. The round was highlighted by Dufner’s 32-foot putt for the win at 18 with Nicklaus looking on.
It was Summerhays who collapsed Sunday, shooting a 78 and fading to a tie for tenth.