Hal Sutton knew the meaning of those resounding roars that came rolling over the hills of the Muirfield Village Golf Club.
He knew that Jack Nicklaus was on the move, reeling off birdie after birdie, just as he did in his record sixth Masters triumph last month.
But Sutton was prepared for it.
"I'd made up my mind that Jack would get hot sometime during the round," Sutton said today.
"I was going to try to answer whatever he dished out. He dished out a lot, and, fortunately, I was able to answer him," he said.
Nicklaus' string of six consecutive birdies was not enough to overtake the front-running Sutton, who went on to a relatively easy four-stroke victory in the Memorial Tournament. He shot a final-round 68 and won with a 271 total, 17 under par and nine shots better than the old tournament scoring record held by Nicklaus, David Graham and Andy Bean.
The victory was the seventh of Sutton's five-year career on the PGA Tour and his second this season. It was worth $100,000 from the purse of approximately $577,000 and pushed his earnings to $318,500 for the year.
It also enabled him to join Fuzzy Zoeller, Calvin Peete and Bean as the only multiple winners this season.
Nicklaus tied for fifth, finishing with a 69 and a 277 total.
Don Pooley took second with a 69 -- 275. He was followed by Johnny Miller and Mark O'Meara at 276. O'Meara shot a 66, six under par. Miller had an eagle-3 in a round of 68.
Sutton won despite the scoring heroics of the tournament host, founder and course designer, Nicklaus, 46.
Nicklaus' burst of six consecutive birdies, on Nos. 10 through 15, was a record for this course and matched the best of the season on the PGA Tour.
"It looked for a while that I might do something again," Nicklaus said.
But at the end of the birdie string, he was still four shots behind Sutton.
Nicklaus missed the green with a 3-iron shot on the 16th, chipped poorly and made bogey. "When I hit that chip, it just took the wind out of me," he said.
John Mahaffey tied Nicklaus at 277 after a 69. The group at 278 included Payne Stewart, Scott Simpson and Chip Beck. Stewart and Simpson had 68s, Beck 71.
Sutton, a three-shot leader at the start of the final round, birdied the first hole and never looked back. No one came closer than two strokes.
When he got up and down from a greenside bunker for a birdie-4 on the 15th, he had a four-shot margin with three holes to go.
"I figured if I was going to win, I had to be aggressive today, had to have birdies. Fortunately, I got them," Sutton said.
Ray Floyd finished 14th with a final-round 68 and 280 total and won $10,940 to become only the fourth man to go past $3 million in career winnings. Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino are the others.
After a 12-foot birdie putt on the first hole, Sutton three-putted the fifth. That bogey reduced his lead to two shots, but he immediately responded with a 9-iron shot that stopped six inches from the cup on the sixth and then lashed a 4-wood second shot to the green on the seventh, setting up a two-putt birdie.
He kept Nicklaus at bay with his own string of three consecutive birdies beginning on the ninth, where he hit an 8-iron to within 18 inches of the flag. He reached the par-5 11th in two and made birdie, and needed only an eight-footer on the 12th for another.
He bogeyed the 14th from a bunker but wasn't in danger. The birdie on the 15th gave him a four-stroke lead with three holes to play.