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Rose blooms at Memorial, wins by three

June 6, 2010 at 6:44 PM

DUBLIN, Ohio, June 6 (UPI) -- Justin Rose used a near-flawless round of 6-under 66 Sunday to overcome Rickie Fowler and post a three-stroke win at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

Rose, a 29-year-old Briton, collected his first PGA Tour championship, bouncing back from a four-shot deficit to finish with an 18-under 270, three ahead of third-round leader Fowler.

Fowler fell off the pace after his tee shot at the par-three 12th found a water hazard and he ended up taking a double-bogey to find himself two shots behind. Fowler ended with a 1-over 73, good for sole possession of second at 15-under 273.

Third place was shared by Bo Van Pelt (69) and Ricky Barnes (73) at 12 under 276.

Phil Mickelson shot a 69 to end in a three-way tie for fourth with Tim Petrovic (74) and Ryan More (68) at 11-under 277, missing a chance to overcome defending champ Tiger Woods at the top of the world rankings. Mickelson needed a victory to gain the top spot.

Woods played all four rounds of a tourney for the first time since the Masters in his return from a neck injury. He finished with a 72 and ended in a 19th-place tie at six-under 282.

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