Rose is sound when he needs to be, wins AT&T National
July 6, 2010
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.
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