Rose storms to Memorial victory

By Andrew Both

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Briton Justin Rose clinched his first PGA Tour win at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday.

In his 162nd tournament tour appearance, Rose carded a brilliant six-under-par 66 final round to storm to a three-stroke victory at Muirfield Village.

He finished at 18-under 270 and overnight leader Rickie Fowler (73) was runner-up on 15 under.

Rose, 29, made his name when as a 17-year-old amateur he finished fourth at the 1998 British Open.

He won five times around the world before his breakthrough victory in the United States.

"I've had a few close calls," he told CBS television. "It's nice to have the hard work pay off."

Tiger Woods (72) finished equal 19th on six-under in his last start before the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach next week.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)