England’s Justin Rose closed with seven straight pars and held on to take his second PGA Tour title of the season at the AT&T National in Philadelphia.
Rose began the final round four clear of the pack but a bogey on the first and a fast start from Charlie Wi meant his advantage was quickly reduced to just two.
But the Englishman struck back with a fabulous 4-wood shot to the par-5 9th that set up a tap-in eagle. It took Rose to 12-under-par and five shots clear of the field.
At that point the title looked destined to go to Rose. But, the 29-year-old quickly gave back the two shots he’d picked up as he three-putted both the 10th and 11th greens. He had to dig deep then and managed to grind out seven straight pars to stay a shot clear of Ryan Moore.
“It’s never easy to close these things out, I’ll tell you,” said Rose who lost a three-shot lead going into the final round of last week’s Travelers Championship. “I knew level par would get the job done today, every two-putt felt like hard work coming in.”
With the victory, Rose moved to second on the FedEx Cup standings and into the top-20 on the Official World Golf Ranking. There are now eight players from Great Britain and Ireland in the top-20. Rose also secured a spot in the Open Championship at St Andrews through a special money list.
It was another disappointing tournament for Tiger Woods. He finished the week in a tie for 46th and failed to break par in any of the four rounds.
Aronimink Golf Club, Pennsylvania
Jul 1-4, purse $6,200,000, par 70
1 Justin Rose (Eng) 69 64 67 70 270 $1,116,000
2 Ryan Moore (USA) 67 70 69 65 271 $669,600
3 Jeff Overton (USA) 68 68 69 67 272 $421,600
4 Charlie Wi (Kor) 69 65 70 69 273 $297,600
5 J.B. Holmes (USA) 70 67 71 66 274 $248,000
6 Carl Pettersson (Swe) 67 72 65 71 275 $223,200
T7 Marc Leishman (Aus) 71 70 67 68 276 $199,950
T7 Nick Watney (USA) 66 71 70 69 276 $199,950
T9 Jason Day (Aus) 66 68 72 71 277 $173,600
T9 Vijay Singh (Fij) 71 70 67 69 277 $173,600
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only