England’s Justin Rose seized his debut PGA victory at the BMW Championship in Lemont, Illinois. Rose, 31 held a four-shot lead before the final round but had to sweat a little before beating John Senden of Australia by two strokes.
Rose got off to a bad start by recording a bogey but two birdies on the 6th and 7th holes put him ahead. His lead shrank to one shot after a bogey on the 9th hole but an excellent birdie on the 17th hole secured a win for him while Senden managed only a par.
Senden turned in a very steady performance, but his birdies on the 9th and 10th holes were not enough for a victory. The Australian golfer came in a shot ahead of his 40-year-old fellow countryman Geoff Ogilvy.
Though Geoff Ogilvy finished only third, he was certainly happy with his position. Ogilvy hardly got a berth to the BMW Championship after recording a birdie at the previous FedEx playoff event. And now, he a secured a spot in the Tour Championship in Atlanta and the Presidents Cup that will be held at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in November.
However, his achievements paled in comparison with those of the winner. Rose claimed the biggest victory of his career and got a check worth $1.44 million. He also qualified for the Presidents Cup.
In the meantime, Luke Donald turned in another impressive result and finished fourth while Deutsche Bank winner Webb Simpson came in fifth.