Justin Rose captured his second title on golf’s U.S. PGA Tour in a month at the AT&T National.
Rose’s one stroke victory over Ryan Moore comes four weeks after he won the Memorial Tournament in his 162nd start on the PGA Tour. Last week, the Englishman blew a three-stroke lead during the final round of the Travelers Championship, closing with a 5-over-par 75 to finish in a tie for ninth place.
“I knew having not closed out last week it was important for me to do it today,” Rose, 29, said yesterday in his post-round news conference. “I played much slower and I really felt calm. I didn’t feel like the nerves got the better of me at all the whole weekend.”
Rose started yesterday’s final round at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, with a four-shot advantage and shot an even-par 70. Moore had a 5-under 65 to finish at 9-under par for the tournament.
Rose receives $1.1 million for the win, which comes less than two weeks before the British Open. The season’s third major championship will be held July 15-18 at St. Andrews Golf Links in Scotland.
“You get the feeling playing on the PGA Tour in these big events like this that you’re playing at sort of the highest level with a sense of pressure,” Rose said. “And that really helps you going into major championships.”
With the win, Rose takes over second place in the FedEx Cup standings from Phil Mickelson, who’s ranked second in the Official World Golf Ranking. Ernie Els leads the season-long competition that pays the top player after four playoff events a $10 million bonus.
Rose, who has climbed to No. 35 in the world after beginning the year ranked 70th, is the third Memorial champion in four years to also win the AT&T National, following K.J. Choi in 2007 and Tiger Woods last year. Woods tied for 46th this year at 4-over.
“I just had one of those weeks, unfortunately,” Woods said. “Hopefully we’ll get dialed in for the British.”
Woods served as the tournament’s host the previous three years. AT&T Inc., the largest U.S. phone company, ended its endorsement agreement with the world’s top-ranked golfer on Dec. 31 after details about his admitted marital infidelity emerged. Woods no longer carries the AT&T logo on his bag or serves as the event’s official host, though it still benefits his foundation.