Justin Rose wins the Memorial Tournament

England's Justin Rose fired a closing round of 66 to overtake Rickie Fowler and win his first PGA Tour event at the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley.

Justin Rose

England's Justin Rose fired a closing round of 66 to overtake Rickie Fowler and win his first PGA Tour event at the Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley.

Rose began the final round at Muirfield Village four shots adrift, but three straight birdies before the turn saw him draw level. When Fowler found the water at the par-3 12th, Rose took the lead and he didn't relinquish it.

Since winning the European Tour Order of Merit in 2007 and climbing into the World's top 10, the Englishman's career had gone a little quiet. But this first PGA Tour victory takes him back into the limelight and to 33rd on the Official World Golf Ranking.

"I've had a few close calls over time, and you start to sometimes wonder why you can't get it done," Rose said. "To win here at the Memorial, at Jack's tournament, I couldn't think of a better place to win my first tournament."

21-year-old Fowler had led the event for 48 straight holes until dunking it in the water on the 12th.

"I just made a bad swing and paid for it," he said.

Despite the disappointment of missing out on his first Tour victory, Fowler can console himself with the fact he has climbed to 13th on the US Ryder Cup points list and is looking an ever more likely candidate for Corey Pavin's team.

Phil Mickelson played his standard, highly eventful, final round to finish in a tie for fifth while Tiger Woods ended in a tie for 19th. Mickelson, yet again, missed the opportunity to take the top spot on the Official World Ranking.

The Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley Muirfield Village Golf Club, Ohio June 3-6, purse $6,000,000, par 72

1    Justin Rose (Eng)        65    69    70    66    270    $1,080,000 2    Rickie Fowler (USA)    65    66    69    73    273    $648,000 T3    Ricky Barnes (USA)    70    71    62    73    276    $348,000 T3    Bo Van Pelt (USA)    70    69    68    69    276    $348,000 T5    Phil Mickelson (USA)    67    71    70    69    277    $219,000 T5    Ryan Moore (USA)    70    69    70    68    277    $219,000 T5    Tim Petrovic (USA)    69    66    68    74    277    $219,000 T8    Stewart Cink (USA)    70    67    71    70    278    $180,000 T8    Matt Kuchar (USA)    71    68    69    70    278    $180,000 T10    Jim Furyk (USA)        68    67    72    72    279    $156,000 T10    Rory McIlroy (NIR)    72    68    68    71    279    $156,000

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only

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