Jan 28th, 2019
Justin Rose holds off Adam Scott to win at Torrey Pines
World Number 1 bags Farmers Insurance Open
"He's the number one player in the world, and he's showing why." That was Adam Scott taking about Justin Rose immedately after finishing second to the Englishman by two shots at Torrey Pines in the FarmersInsurance Open.
Rosey started Sunday poorly, carding three bogeys in his first five holes to give the chasing pack a sniff of hope. But Rose showed why he's reached golf's summit by playing the last 12 holes in five under to card a three-under 69 and win on 21 under. Rose needed a good finish a s resurgent Scott birdied all four of his last holes.
Rory McIlroy (69) finished seven shots off the lead in a tie for fifth while Tiger Woods (67) was four further back.
Tiger, who has won this event in San Diego a record seven times and also claimed the 2008 US Open title at the course finished with five birdies in his final nine holes to climb to -10.
Jon Rahm, who started the day four back, parred eight of the first nine holes and his solitary birdie on the sixth was cancelled out by a bogey on the 11th as he closed with a 72 to drop away.
Rose birdied the seventh and ninth to reach the turn level for the day and holed three more birdies on the back nine to take the title.
"I haven't won in January since about 2002, so this feels great," said Rosey. "I am really happy. I challenged the status quo and changed everything up in the search to try to get better."
Rose, who switched to Honma golf clubs at the end of 2018, won with new caddie Gareth Lord on his bag for just the second time, with his regular caddie Mark Fulcher recovering from heart surgery.
"I felt comfortable with the way I drove the ball this week on a tough test," added Rose. "A whole new look for me. But I don't mind it, if it is going to produce this golf."
The victory secured Rose a 10th US PGA Tour title and his first win since the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour in November.
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