Rose is sound when he needs to be, wins AT&T National
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Justin Rose lost another big lead. This time, he didn’t lose the tournament.
Staked to a five-shot lead at the turn, Rose finished with seven straight pars and closed with an even-par 70 to hold on for a one-shot victory Sunday in the AT&T National, his second PGA Tour title in his last three events.
It would have been three straight wins for the 29-year-old Englishman except for his collapse last week at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut when he blew a three-shot lead in the final round with a 75.
He had three-putt bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes – after having gone 274 consecutive holes without one on the PGA Tour – and suddenly his lead was down to two. Then came a furious charge from Ryan Moore, who one-putted his last eight greens for a 65 to close within one shot. Rose was steady down the stretch, however, and calmly rolled in a 30-inch par putt on the last hole for the victory.
Tiger Woods wasn’t close at all. The defending champion 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.
The consolation prize for Moore, who finished second, was a trip to St. Andrews for the British Open. Rose earned a spot in the British Open through a special money list, along with Bubba Watson, who did not play this week.
Choi wins Jamie Farr Classic in playoff
SYLVANIA, Ohio – Na Yeon Choi made a 21/2-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
Choi converted a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to join fellow South Koreans In-Kyung Kim, Song-Hee Kim and American Christina Kim in the playoff.
After all four missed birdie putts on the first extra hole, Choi hit her third shot close and rolled in the putt for her third career LPGA Tour victory.
Choi had rounds of 64, 67, 68 and 71 to finish at 14-under 270 at Highland Meadows.
Christina Kim (70) missed a 12-foot birdie putt for the victory on the 72nd hole. In-Kyung Kim finished with a 64, and Song-Hee Kim shot a 66.
Mize takes Montreal Championship for first Champions Tour win
BLAINVILLE, Quebec – Larry Mize won the inaugural Montreal Championship for his first Champions Tour victory, closing with an 8-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over John Cook at Fontainebleau Golf Club.
The 51-year-old Mize, the 1987 Masters champion, had an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey in the final round to finish at 17-under 199. Cook shot a 68.
Corey Pavin (67) and Dan Forsman (65) were 14 under, and Fred Couples (68), Loren Roberts (67), Jay Haas (67), Bob Gilder (66) and D.A. Weibring (68) were 14 under.
Jiminez wins French Open
VERSAILLES, France – Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain won the French Open for his second victory of the season and 17th career European tour title, beating countryman Alejandro Canizares and Italy’s Francesco Molinari in a playoff.
Jimenez shot a 4-under 67 to match Canizares (68) and Molinari (68) at 11 under at Le Golf National. Jimenez won with a par on the first extra hole.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (66) was a stroke out of the playoff.