Rose wins playoff for sixth PGA Tour win

Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:15am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Justin Rose emerged last man standing to win the $6.5 million Quicken Loans National at the first extra hole in a playoff at Congressional Country Club in Maryland on Sunday.

Britain's Rose sank a 15-foot bogey putt at the final regulation hole before parring it a few minutes later to edge unheralded American Shawn Stefani in Bethesda.

Rose and Stefani each shot 70 to finish regulation at four-under-par 280 on a course that played much tougher than when it hosted the U.S. Open three years ago, due to firm and fast conditions and plenty of lush rough.

"I think Congressional got its reputation back after the U.S. Open," Rose, whose 72-hole score was 12 strokes higher than Rory McIlroy carded to win the Open, told CBS television.

Rose, 33, collected $1.170 million for his sixth PGA Tour victory, and his second in this event, with his previous triumph coming in 2010 at another classic course, Aronimink near Philadelphia.

He also has won six times internationally.

"It's great to win on a course like this because you can't luck into it," said the 2013 U.S. Open champion.

"I had to rely on different parts of my game all week. I was really pleased to see the PGA Tour set it up tough. It was fair but you had to play good strategic golf.

"It hasn't been lost on me that I haven't won for a year. It's a huge boost confidence-wise for sure going into a major championship."   Continued...

 
Jun 28, 2014; Bethesda, MD, USA; Justin Rose hits his tee shot on the second  hole during the third round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club - Blue Course. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports - RTR3W7Q8