Rose hangs on to win BMW Championship|
Lemont, IL (Sports Network) - Justin Rose managed just an even-par 71 in rainy
conditions Sunday, but it was enough for a two-stroke win at the BMW
Rose finished at 13-under-par 271 for his third PGA Tour title.
The Englishman had won just one of the previous seven times in which he held
at least at share of the 54-hole lead. He headed to the 17th hole with just a
Rose chipped in for birdie on No. 17 to seal the victory.
"I've had my ups and my downs, and the learning curve is steep sometimes,"
Rose said in a televised interview. "You know, what doesn't kill you makes you
stronger, and if you can put it into perspective, that's when the game isn't a
John Senden posted a two-under 69 at Cog Hill to take second at minus-11.
Geoff Ogilvy also closed with a 69 to grab third place at 10-under-par 274.
With that finish, Ogilvy clinched both the final spot on the International
team at the Presidents Cup, and also a spot in the field next week at the Tour
"I was looking at it as a win-win. If I did well enough to get into the Tour
Championship, I get another week to play; if I don't, I get an extra week to
spend with my family next week," Ogilvy said on TV.
"I'm glad I played well. I holed some putts the first three days, and I hit
the ball really well today on a hard day."
Ogilvy wasn't the only one battling for spots in those two events. Both
Presidents Cup teams remained the same as the top 10 on the points list for
both squads went unchanged.
The top 30 on the FedEx Cup points list will head to East Lake next week for
the Tour Championship. Bo Van Pelt tied for 56th on Sunday and fell from 22nd
to 30th in the FedEx Cup race, earning the final spot at East Lake.
Rory Sabbatini, Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Kyle Stanley, who
started the week No. 30, all fell out of the top 30 and will miss the Tour
Rose, Senden and Ogilvy all moved into the top 30 and will have a shot at
winning the FedEx Cup next week.
Among the unlucky ones were Martin Laird and 2010 FedEx Cup champion Jim
Furyk. Laird, who started the week 31st on the points list, birdied three of
the last five holes to shoot two-over 73 that left him tied for 12th at minus-
two, but also at No. 31 on the points list.
Furyk struggled to a five-over 76 to end 36th on the points list. He will not
be in the field to defend his title at the Tour Championship and he won't
repeat as FedEx Cup champion.
As all that was playing out, Rose and Senden were battling to win the
tournament. Rose tripped to a bogey on the second, but rebounded with birdies
on six and seven, both from inside 10 feet, to move to 14-under.
Rose was five clear at that point, but trouble loomed. There was a two-stroke
swing on No. 9 as Rose made a mess of the par-five for a bogey, while Senden
converted a birdie try.
Senden made it two in a row with a birdie on the 10th to get within two of
Rose drove under a bush on the par-five 15th and he had to take an unplayable
lie penalty, leading to another bogey and cutting his margin down to one
The Englishman came up short with his second shot to the par-four 17th, but
hit a perfect chip shot that rolled into the hole for birdie. He was two clear
heading to the last and finished there with a two-putt par to win the title.
"I nearly took the chicken stick out and putted it. Then I said to myself,
'Come on, this is a really makable chip shot,'" said Rose on TV. "I just had
to commit to it and do what you've got to do to win a golf tournament."
Senden had a steady round. Other than his birdies on nine and 10, the
Australian carded 16 pars to post his fourth career runner-up finish.
World No. 1 Luke Donald closed with a three-under 68 to end alone in fourth at
eight-under-par 276. FedEx Cup points leader Webb Simpson shot 71 on Sunday to
grab fifth place at minus-seven.
Jason Dufner (68) and Camilo Villegas (66) shared sixth at six-under-par 278.
NOTES: Rose earned $1.44 million for the win. He said afterward that he thinks
it was the first time he's even gone wire-to-wire to win a golf
tournament...Despite his tie for sixth, Villegas did not qualify to play at
East Lake next week.
09/18 19:28:40 ET