DUBLIN, OHIO, MAY 31 -- Don Pooley birdied the final two holes today for a 2-under-par 70 to overtake Scott Hoch and win the $832,000 Memorial Tournament by three strokes.
Pooley, who earned $140,000, won his only other tournament on the PGA Tour in 1980.
He began the final round four shots behind Hoch, the second- and third-round leader. Pooley finished with a 72-hole score of 272 on the Muirfield Village course, one stroke off the tournament record set last year by Hal Sutton, when Pooley finished second.
Curt Byrum, who had a 71, finished second at 275 and earned $84,000. He was followed at 276 by Chip Beck, Denis Watson and Hoch, who strugged to a 78 with a birdie on the final hole. Beck had a 68 and Watson a 70.
Hoch, after going 55 holes of the tournament without a bogey, had three in a row on the second, third and fourth, allowing Pooley to pull even at the fourth hole.
Hoch never led after he bogeyed the ninth hole and took himself out of contention with double bogeys on Nos. 11 and 15.
Pooley bogeyed the 10th hole and fell into a tie with South African David Frost. But Frost had bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15 and double-bogeyed No. 18.
Byrum, the first-round leader with a record-tying 64, shared the lead with a birdie on No. 15 when he reached the 490-yard, par-5 hole in two shots. But he promptly three-putted the 16th.
Pooley, who won the BC Open in 1980, seized the opportunity with birdies on the final two holes for a three-shot winning margin.
Most of the players in the field had to complete the third round this morning after play was suspended Saturday because of thunderstorms. Hoch had a third-round 67 and Pooley a 65.