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Rose in the driver’s seat after BMW

Associated Press / September 19, 2011

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Right when it looked as though Justin Rose might blow a big lead, he chipped in for birdie on the 17th hole to secure a two-shot victory yesterday in the BMW Championship that sends him to East Lake for a shot at $10 million.

Rose closed with an even-par 71 in the rain at Cog Hill in Lemont, Ill., for his first win of the year, and it came at the right time. He was not assured of making the FedEx Cup finale at the Tour Championship, and now is one of five players who only have to win next week to collect golf’s biggest bonus.

Five shots ahead with 10 holes to play, Rose’s lead was down to one after he drove into the trees on the par-5 15th and made bogey. From just short of the 17th green, however, the 31-year-old from England holed a chip from 35 feet for an unlikely birdie.

John Senden shot 70, and his runner-up finish moved him from No. 55 in the FedEx Cup to No. 9, putting him among the top 30 to advance to the Tour Championship.

Rose wasn’t the only big winner at the third playoff event. Geoff Ogilvy, who had to birdie the last hole at the TPC Boston two weeks ago just to stay alive in the playoffs, shot 69 and finished alone in third. Now he’s in the Tour Championship, and qualified for the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.

Despite all the Presidents Cup possibilities for the US team, there was no change.

The heartache belonged to Bill Haas, who was tied for third going into the final round. He was poised to claim one of the 10 spots on the team until he posted a 42 on the back nine and shot 78, when a score of 75 would have been just enough.

Luke Donald, the world No. 1, closed with a 68 and finished alone in fourth. The top five players going to the Tour Championship are Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Rose, Donald, and Matt Kuchar. If any of them win at East Lake, they win the FedEx Cup.

Champions - Jay Don Blake beat John Cook on the fifth playoff hole to win the Songdo IBD Championship at Incheon, South Korea for his first Champions Tour victory.

European - Britain & Ireland held off a strong bid from Continental Europe in singles to retain the Vivendi Seve Trophy, 15 1/2 to 12 1/2, at Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France.