COMING UP ROSE
Even-par round helps him avoid another late fall
England’s Justin Rose takes home second tour title in his last three starts,
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Clinging to a one-shot lead, Justin Rose stood over his tee shot on the 18th hole at the AT&T National when he heard fireworks in the distance. The celebration had started somewhere in Philadelphia, just not Aronimink.
Rose knew that from experience.
Only a week ago in the Travelers Championship, he took a three-shot lead into the final round and collapsed on the back nine for a 75. On Sunday at Aronimink, he was five shots clear going to the back nine and found himself in a battle he didn’t expect.
He lost another big lead. This time, he didn’t lose the tournament.
Rose hit every green in regulation on the back nine, including the final one, and closed with seven straight pars for an even-par 70 to win for the second time in three starts on finished with seven straight pars to win AT&T National. the PGA Tour.
The relief at the Memorial came from winning for the first time in America.
The relief at Aronimink was for learning not to lose.
“I knew having not closed out last week it was important for me — just for myself — to do it today,” Rose said after his one-shot victory over hardcharging Ryan Moore. “Still, it’s never easy to close these things out, I’ll tell you.”
Staked to a five-shot lead at the turn after a 5-wood to tapin range for eagle on the ninth hole, Rose had three-putt bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes — after having gone 274 holes without one.
Moore one-putted his last eight greens, including a 12foot par putt on the 18th hole, for a Sunday-best 65 to make Rose work to the very end.
Rose finished at 10-under 270, moving up to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings behind Ernie Els. Jeff Overton shot 67 on the final day to take third, and Charlie Wi (69) was fourth.
Defending champion Tiger Woods shot a 1-over 71, marking the first time in 11 years that he didn’t break par over four rounds in a regular PGA Tour event. He wound up 14 shots behind Rose, the most Woods has finished out of the lead since the 2006 Players Championship.
“It feels good to hit the ball as well as I did this week,’’ said Woods, not sounding worried. “I just need to get my putter organized a little better.’’