Oct 25th, 2015
Justin Rose slips in to win Hong kong Open
That'll be € 289,948 for his trouble
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
Hong Kong Open serves up a tense and dramatic final day. Justin Rose and Lucas Bjerregaard went in to Sunday tied for the lead with Patrick Reed eyeing up a big move...
Bjerregaard bogeyed the 11th and double bogeyed 14th, but fought back with two birdies inbetween.
Rose came back from two shots behind at the ninth with three birdies on the back nine meaning he could afford to bogey 18 and still win.
The other guys:
Matthew Fitzpatrick finished tied in third with Patrick Reed at -11.
Graeme McDowell and Ollie Fisher finished -6 in joint 24th.
Ian Poulter finished 29th at -5.
Dustin Johnson missed the cut and was last seen enjoying himself around Hong Kong.
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• His eighth European Tour International Schedule victory in his 260th European Tour event.
• Moves to 2,528,223 in The Race to Dubai.
• Could move to fifth in the Official World Golf Ranking from seventh.
• His first European Tour victory since the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
• This victory beats his previous best 2015 European Tour performance of tied second at the Masters Tournament.
• This victory in the 2015 UBS Hong Kong Open would mean he has now won in each of the last four European Tour seasons, dating back to the 2012 season. This is the first time in his European Tour career he has achieved this feat.
• Moves into second place in the current list for most consecutive winning years on The European Tour, with four, just one behind the leader, Louis Oosthuizen.
• Is his fourth consecutive top six finish on The European Tour. Was tied sixth in the 144th Open Championship, tied third in the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, fourth in the US PGA Championship and first in the UBS Hong Kong Open.
• Victory comes in his second appearance in the UBS Hong Kong Open.
• Victory beats his previous best performance in the UBS Hong Open of tied 67th in 2011.
• Is the first Englishman to win the UBS Hong Kong Open since Ian Poulter in 2010.
• Since the UBS Hong Kong Open joined The European Tour in the 2002 season, is only the second English player to triumph, following Ian Poulter in 2010.
• His first European Tour victory on Asian soil.
• His eight European Tour victories have now been in Europe (three), America (two), Africa (one), Australasia (one) and now Asia.
• Becomes the 46 different player to win the UBS Hong Kong Open since the event began in 1959.
• Becomes the 301st English victory in European Tour history.
• Becomes the 11th English victory on the 2015 season. They are Danny Willett (Nedbank Golf Challenge and Omega European Masters), Andy Sullivan (South African Open Championship Hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni, Joburg Open and Portugal Masters), James Morrison (Open de España), Chris Wood (Lyoness Open Powered by Greenfinty), David Horsey (Made in Denmark), Lee Slattery (M2M Russian Open, Matthew Fitzpatrick (British Masters supported by Sky Sports) and Justin Rose (UBS Hong Kong Open).
• The third consecutive English victory on The European Tour.
• Moves over €19 million in European Tour Official Career Earnings.
• His 17th victory as a professional.
• Becomes the 16th European Tour victory on the 2015 European Tour by a former Challenge Tour player. They are: Branden Grace (Alfred Dunhill Championship and Commercial Bank Qatar Masters), Gary Stal (Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship), Richie Ramsay (Trophée Hassan II), James Morrison (Open de España), Byeong Hun An (BMW PGA Championship), Søren Kjeldsen (Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation), Alex Noren (Nordea Masters), Pablo Larrazábal (BMW International Open), Bernd Wiesberger (Alstom Open de France), Roope Kakko (Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI), David Horsey (Made in Denmark). Lee Slattery (M2M Russian Open), Rikard Karlberg (72º OPEN D’ITALIA presented by DAMIANI) and Thorbjorn Olesen (Alfred Dunhill Links Championship) and Justin Rose (UBS Hong Kong Open).
• Is the 372nd European Tour victory by a former Challenge Tour player.