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Lesson learned, Rose closes out a victory

One week after losing a big lead in the final round, Justin Rose finished with seven straight pars to win the AT&T National. One week after losing a big lead in the final round, Justin Rose finished with seven straight pars to win the AT&T National. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)
Associated Press / July 5, 2010

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Clinging to a one-shot lead, Justin Rose stood over his tee shot on the 18th hole at the AT&T National when he heard fireworks in the distance. The celebration had started somewhere in Philadelphia, just not at Aronimink Golf Club.

Rose knew that from experience.

Only a week ago in the Travelers Championship, he took a three-shot lead into the final round and collapsed on the back nine for a 75. Yesterday in Newtown Square, Pa., he was five shots clear going to the back nine and found himself in a battle he didn’t expect.

He lost another big lead. This time, he didn’t lose the tournament.

Rose hit every green in regulation on the back nine, including the final one, and closed with seven straight pars for an even-par 70 to win for the second time in three starts on the PGA Tour.

Rose finished at 10-under 270 and earned $1,116,000, moving up to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings behind Ernie Els.

“I knew having not closed out last week it was important for me — just for myself — to do it today,’’ Rose said after his one-shot victory over Ryan Moore.

Staked to a five-shot lead at the turn after an eagle on the ninth hole, Rose had three-putt bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes, and just like that, the game was on.

Moore one-putted his last eight greens, including a 12-foot par putt on the 18th hole, for a 65 to make Rose work to the very end. Rose two-putted up a dangerous ridge on the 17th for par. And with fireworks booming in the distance, he hit the fairway and green for one last par.

Tiger Woods, 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 tied for 46th, 14 shots behind Rose, the most Woods has finished out of the lead since the 2006 Players Championship.

LPGA — Na Yeon Choi made a 2 1/2-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

Choi converted a 15-foot birdie putt on the 72d hole to shoot an even-par 71 and join In Kyung Kim, Song Hee Kim, and Christina Kim in the playoff. After all four missed birdie putts on the first hole, Choi hit her third shot close and rolled in the putt for her third career LPGA victory.

Champions — At Blainville, Quebec, Larry Mize shot an 8-under 64 to win the inaugural Montreal Championship by one stroke over John Cook. It’s Mize’s first official win since the 1993 Buick Open on the PGA Tour.

European — Miguel Angel Jimenez won the French Open in Versailles on the first hole of a playoff against Alejandro Canizares and Francesco Molinari.

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