Undoubtedly Rose is playing some of the best golf of his career and after a disappointed end to last weeks Travellers he is delighted at winning the National which was his second victory in four weeks.
Rose hit an impressive 16 greens in regulation on a tricky PGA tour course in Pennsylvania to finish the round on 70 and take another major victory. Before his victory at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio Rose had gone over 150 tour events without a victory so winning two events in four weeks and a close call in last week’s Travellers shows Rose means business.
A victory looked imminent as Rose put in his first eagle of the season at the ninth giving him a five stroke advantage going into the back nine. However this was dented after consecutive bogeys on the tenth and eleventh and a finish of seven straight pars left him one clear of second place Ryan Moore.
“I knew having not closed out last week it was important for me – just for myself – to do it today,”
“Still, it’s never easy to close these things out, I’ll tell you.”
Moore took the final round to the wire after one-putting the final eight greens which included an impressive 12ft par putt on the 18th hole for a day best of 65.
Tiger woods finished the tournament 14 shots behind the leader Rose and for the first time in 11 years the defending champion didn’t break par over four rounds in a PGA tour event.
-10 Justin Rose (England)
-9 Ryan Moore (United States)
-8 Jeff Overton (United States)
-7 Charlie Wi (Korea)