And he rallied back from three down in the final round and waited out two separate weather delays to finally take the Memorial Tournament.
Summerhays carded a four-under par 68 for a 13-under par total of 203. One of the smartest things he's done recently was to stay with Fowler in Jupiter, Florida, last winter. Part of this is the insane Sunday weather that prompted a pair of delays, but part of it is that the golfers involved tend to get wildly different results from round to round.
SO, it turns out that Jason Dufner does care after all. With two straight 65s, it looked like the tournament would be a walk for him.
But after just eight holes last night he was tied for the lead with Daniel Summerhays. Former Oklahoma State star Rickie Fowler is five behind. In a rematch of 2013 America's Cup contestants, Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill forced Team New Zealand's Peter Burling into a penalty at the start and led at every mark to win by 29 seconds. The leaderboard was jammed after Summerhays stumbled at the start, and then two 77-minute weather delays pushed the finish into the evening. After that, he missed another makeable birdie at 14.
Hadley, the 2013 victor, eagled the par-5 15th in a 66. He had his opportunities, but Thomas couldn't convert, and it seemed to get into his head after that.
A 19-foot birdie on No. 18 provided an exclamation point, coming moments after Watson had a heckler removed from the course. He took a bogey on the hole. He started the final round facing a four-shot deficit. A closing double bogey was more salt in the wound.
Fowler and Dufner lived under the same roof during the winter months when Dufner came down to south Florida play some golf.
Muirfield Village has a way of punishing slightly off-kilter shots, as Dufner found out on Saturday. However, he came back with a pair of birdies at the par-5 5th and 7th holes to get back to 12-under for the tournament.
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Chasing him was Fowler, who is himself no stranger to inconsistency.
Storms have been in the forecast for Sunday, though not early enough for the PGA Tour to move up the tee times. Neither has won on the tour. "But it's one of those things".
Fowler is close with Jack and Barbara Nicklaus.
The putt, the longest he holed all week, elicited an emphatic fist pump from the typically flat-lining, emotionless Dufner. Between Saturday and Sunday, the leader of the tournament has been +1.
Muirfield Village is a ball-striker's paradise. Unshakable from tee to green, he overcame sometimes wobbly putting to salt away his fifth PGA TOUR victory.
Cleveland native Jason Dufner won the tournament finishing 13 under par. It's a bit like Augusta in that way, and it's one of the reasons so many golfers speak so highly of it. Nicklaus stayed at the top of golf beyond that. Then to make par on 18 was really special.
At least he had time on his side. "I actually fought pretty well, hit a lot of good shots, and a couple bad ones that got me in trouble".
Dufner spent that week asking his teammates how they played the course.