Rose holds off Bjer­re­gaard to claim Hong Kong ti­tle

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England’s Justin Rose edged Dane Lu­cas Bjer­re­gaard by a stroke in their fi­nal-round duel to win the Hong Kong Open yes­ter­day for his eighth Euro­pean Tour ti­tle.

The lead changed hands sev­eral times dur­ing the round but it was the world num­ber seven who fi­nally pre­vailed with a two-un­der-par 70, which in­cluded four birdies and two bo­geys, for a fi­nal to­tal of 17-un­der.

“Lu­cas played incredible golf,” Rose said. “It was the first time I had the chance to play with him. I was thor­oughly im­pressed, not just his game but his tem­per­a­ment and how he is as a per­son.

“When you sep­a­rate your­self from the field like we did, it’s prob­a­bly a tough one for him to lose. But he didn’t lose it, just both of us played in­cred­i­bly well and sep­a­rated from the field.

“I’m very happy to get the job done. I had a chance to win in Napa last week, I was tied for the lead go­ing down the 10th hole and let that one flit­ter away a lit­tle bit. I wanted to hang onto this one.”

The duo came into the fi­nal round four strokes clear of the chas­ing pack and main­tained that gap while fight­ing for the ti­tle.

Bjer­re­gaard, who picked up his fourth top-10 fin­ish in the last month, saw his chances fade with a dou­ble bo­gey on the par­four 14th. He carded five birdies and two bo­geys dur­ing his round of 69.

“It was fun to bat­tle with Justin th­ese last two days,” said Bjer­re­gaard. “It’s guys like him that I want to go out and com­pete against, and at least I gave him a lit­tle bit of a scare.

“That dou­ble bo­gey on 14 re­ally ru­ined it for me but all in all, happy the way I’ve played.

“The last time I was out in the fi­nal group on a Sun­day, I shot 89. So 20 shots bet­ter to­day, I’ll take that.”

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Nico Ros­berg of Ger­many and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamil­ton of Great Bri­tain and Mercedes GP dur­ing the Brazil­ian For­mula One Grand Prix at Au­to­dromo Jose Car­los Pace on Novem­ber 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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