Rose takes down field, Torrey Pines to win Farmers title

A star-studded field, plenty of firepower in the final groups and a worthy challenge in Torrey Pines’ South Course. The stage was set for world No. 1 Justin Rose, and he delivered. How Rose got the job done Sunday, along with other need-to-know happenings from the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open:

Leaderboard: Justin Rose (-21), Adam Scott (-19), Hideki Matsuyama (-16), Talor Gooch (-16), Jon Rahm (-14), Rory McIlroy (-14), Jason Day (-14)

What it means: Fresh off a third round where he lost three balls yet still earned a three-shot lead and tied the tournament record after 54 holes, Rose was shaky to begin his final go around Torrey South. He bogeyed three of his first five holes, including the par-4 fifth where he lipped out a 7-footer for par. (Scott followed with a lipped-out 22-incher, so it wasn’t the worst putt of the group at No. 5.) But the world’s top-ranked player kicked it into gear, birdieing Nos. 7, 9 and 10 to stretch his lead to four shots. From there, Rose was his usual steady, bullet-proof self. Short-sided lie in the bunker on the par-4 14th? No problem; tap-in par. A wayward tee ball into thick rough followed by a nervy 9-footer to save par at the 15th? Easy; center-cup. Scott with back-to-back-to-back birdies, at Nos. 15-17? No worries; a 20-foot birdie make at the 16th to help him carry a two-shot advantage into the par-5 finishing hole. Rose completed his impressive win with a tap-in birdie to shoot 3-under 69, finish at 21 under and win by two shots over Scott. Rose's victory is his sixth in his past 31 worldwide starts, and 10th of his PGA Tour career. It also will give the Englishman a bigger cushion as the world's No. 1-ranked player.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 28 Jan 2019 08:22:22



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