Rickie Fowler was playing in the same group as Ricky Barnes. He wasn't sure who they were cheering, but he assumed it was Fowler.
Turns out it was Barnes.
"I thought, 'OK, here we go. This is dead even.' So I knew putt that I made a 16 was key, and that was the only sort of fist pump that I showed all day," Rose said. "Because I just felt like it swung the momentum back my way."
Only when he reached the 18th green did Rose realize he was three shots clear.
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It was his seventh victory worldwide -- Rose has won on five of the six major tours in the world -- but his first on the PGA Tour. He joined an English revival in golf this year, with Lee Westwood rising to No. 3 in the world, Ian Poulter winning his first World Golf Championship, and Luke Donald reaching the top 10 in the world with a victory in Spain.
"Until you win over here, you don't feel like you've really achieved all you want to in the game," Rose said. "But it's about winning worldwide, too."
As he finished signing autographs, he bumped into Fowler, who stopped to congratulate him.
"Your time is coming," Rose told Fowler.
Dressed in orange from his cap to his shoes, Fowler showed great poise and hit great shots -- including a 4-iron into the wind and over the water to 2 feet on the sixth -- to stay in control. A brief lapse was all it took. He drove into a bunker on No. 10 for bogey, took birdie out of the equation on the par-5 11th by laying up into the rough, and found the water on No. 12.
Barnes shot a 73 and tied for third with Bo Van Pelt, who missed a short par putt on the final hole and had to settle for a 69.
Woods, the defending champion and a four-time winner, closed with a 72 and tied for 19th to finish 12 shots behind. It was his worst finish at the Memorial since 2002, although he found one highlight.
"I'm capable of playing four rounds in a row," said Woods, who has done that only once this year, at the Masters. He missed the cut at Quail Hollow and withdrew from The Players Championship in the final round with a sore neck.
It was not an inspiring performance, especially with the U.S. Open two weeks away at Pebble Beach.
For the third tournament in a month, Phil Mickelson had a chance to get to No. 1 in the world with a victory. He got on the leaderboard with a strong start, but lost it on the par-5 15th when his drive was so far left that he wound up taking a penalty drop on the cart path from the 17th hole. He hit driver off the path up near the 16th tee, but he wound up three-putting for double bogey.
Mickelson shot a 69 in his final tuneup for the U.S. Open.
Rose finished at 18-under 270 and earned $1.08 million with a victory that will move him just outside the top 30 in the world.
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