Rose hangs on to win AT&T National|
Newtown Square, PA (Sports Network) - A week after coughing up the final-round
lead, Justin Rose made sure it didn't happen again.
Rose parred his final seven holes Sunday to post an even-par 70 and win the
AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club by one shot. He finished at 10-under-par
"Today was important considering last week. I played slower and I felt calm,"
said Rose, who collected $1.116 million for the win. "It's still never easy to
close these thing out."
The Englishman earned his first PGA Tour win at the Memorial Tournament in
early June, but was denied a spot in the U.S. Open after he missed the world
ranking cutoff and failed to qualify at a 36-hole qualifier.
"I considered this my U.S. Open," Rose said after winning for the second time
in three starts.
Ryan Moore fired a five-under 65 Sunday to put pressure on Rose, but he
ultimately fell one stroke short. Moore ended alone in second at minus-nine.
Jeff Overton (67) took third at eight-under-par 272.
World No. 1 Tiger Woods failed to break par in his four rounds at Aronimink as
he closed with a one-over 71 to complete the tournament at four-over-par 284.
It was the first time since the 1999 Players Championship that Woods failed to
break par in a non-major. The last time he failed to break par in any of his
four rounds was at the 2003 PGA Championship, where his best score was a two-
Woods, the 2009 champion, mixed four bogeys and three birdies over his card
Sunday. For the first time all week, he birdied both par-fives -- Nos. 9 and
16 -- but followed with bogeys on the next hole both times.
"I drove it good this week, that was fun. It is not too often that Stevie is
talking me out of driver," Woods said of his caddie, Steve Williams. "A couple
holes I wanted to hit driver, but he said it's not the play. But I was hitting
it so good, I wanted to hit it on every hole. It hasn't been like that in an
extremely long time."
Rose tripped to a bogey on the first hole and when Moore birdied the second,
he was suddenly two behind Rose.
The 29-year-old Rose atoned for that mistake with a eight-foot birdie putt on
the third. He rolled in another birdie chance at the sixth to push his lead
back to four.
Rose found a bunker off the tee at the difficult par-three eighth. He was
unable to save par from there, but was still three ahead until Charlie Wi and
Overton birdied the par-five ninth to get within three.
After finding the fairway off the tee on No. 9, Rose blasted his uphill second
shot inside four feet. He rolled in the eagle putt to extend his margin back
to five strokes.
Rose was comfortably ahead like he was a week ago at the Travelers
Championship, but the flashbacks from Connecticut came rushing back when he
three-putted for bogey on 10 and 11, cutting his lead to two over Wi.
"I knew I was five ahead at the turn," Rose said. "I left myself almost too
easy of a putt on 10. I misjudged that putt and that influenced my putt on 11
Rose calmly two-putted for par on the next three holes. Meanwhile Wi was
running off six straight pars of his own. However, Wi bogeyed the last to end
alone in fourth at seven-under-par 273 after shooting a 69.
At the 15th, Rose had a tough lie against the first cut of rough, but managed
to get his ball within 40 feet. He two-putted for par before finding the left
rough off the 16th tee.
Moore, who was three-under through 12 with four birdies and a bogey, made a
late run. He birdied the par-five 16th and the treacherous 17th to get within
one at minus-nine. Moore got up and down for par from a bunker at the last and
had to watch to see what Rose would do.
This time, there was no doubt. Rose parred 16 and 17, before blasting his
drive down the middle of the fairway at the last. He dropped his approach 24
feet from the cup.
Rose lagged his birdie effort inside three feet and kicked that in for a
closing par and his second win of the season.
Now he is off to the British Open, where he burst onto the scene in 1998 as an
amateur. Rose finished at two-over par that year and missed the playoff by two
"That was a lifetime ago," Rose said of the '98 Open Championship. "I feel
like I've gone from a kid, who missed 21 straight cuts at one point, to a
journeyman, to a guy that has won a few times on the PGA Tour."
Moore's strong finish did more than earn him a second-place paycheck. It also
earned him a spot at St. Andrews for the Open in two weeks.
"Let's just say I wasn't planning on playing the British, so I don't know
where my passport is honestly," Moore joked. "That's a great bonus though."
J.B. Holmes took fifth at six-under-par 274 after a final-round 66. Carl
Pettersson ended in sixth at minus-five after a closing 71.
NOTES: Aronimink member Sean O'Hair fought through a back injury and sinus
infection to close with a one-under 69, which helped him share 11th at minus-
two...The downhill par-three eighth played as the hardest hole of the week,
averaging 3.297 strokes...The 14th and 17th, also par-threes, ranked as the
fourth and third hardest holes on the week...The PGA Tour heads to Illinois
next week for the John Deere Classic, where Steve Stricker won last year.
07/04 20:06:36 ET