Late birdies spur Justin Rose to victory at Zurich Clas­sic

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Justin Rose capped a marathon Sun­day with back- t o- back birdies at the last two holes to clinch the U.S. PGA Tour’s Zurich Clas­sic by one stroke in a thrilling fi­nale.

Rose had six birdies in his six-un­der 66 in the fi­nal round of the New Or­leans tour­na­ment — which was be­set by weather de­lays — and victory rep­re­sents a sat­is­fy­ing fol­low- up to the English­man’s share of sec­ond be­hind Jor­dan Spi­eth at the re­cent Masters.

His 22- un­der- par to­tal 266 gave him a sev­enth U.S. tour ti­tle, by one stroke from Amer­i­can Cameron Tringale.

Tringale could have forced a play­off with an ea­gle at the fi­nal hole, but set­tled for a birdie that gave him a seven-un­der 65 and sole pos­ses­sion of sec­ond place on 267.

Boo Week­ley also closed with a 65 on the rain-soft­ened TPC Louisiana course to grab third place on 268. Jim Her­man ( 65) and Aus­tralian Ja­son Day ( 69) shared fourth on 269.

Day and Rose had gone into the fi­nal round tied for the lead at 16 un­der af­ter fin­ish­ing their third rounds on Sun­day morn­ing.

Rain and thun­der­storms had halted play ev­ery day, in­clud­ing a five-hour, 43-minute in­ter­rup­tion on Satur­day.

Shortly af­ter Rose made his birdie at 18, Tringale missed an eight- foot birdie at­tempt at 16.

At 18 Tringale’s sec­ond shot barely cleared the wa­ter short of the green, stop­ping in the fair­way.

His ea­gle chip was close, but he could only tap in for birdie.

Day had five birdies and one bo­gey in his third- round 68, while Rose had climbed up the leader­board with a bo­gey-free 65 in the third round.

Rose fin­ished with a flour­ish, rolling in a 10- footer at the 71st hole and a 13- footer at the last, and has now won at least one U.S. PGA Tour ti­tle in six straight sea­sons.

That streak is sec­ond only to Dustin John­son’s eight straight sea­sons with a ti­tle among cur­rent play­ers.

AP

Fabian Gomez, of Ar­gentina, throws wa­ter onto an al­li­ga­tor as he walks down the 18th fair­way dur­ing the fi­nal round of the Zurich Clas­sic PGA golf tour­na­ment in Avon­dale, Louisiana on Sun­day, April 26.

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