Justin Rose won the third of the U.S. PGA Tour’s four playoff events for the FedEx Cup, holding on for a two-shot victory at the BMW Championship.
Rose, who entered the final round with a four-shot lead, closed with an even-par 71 to finish 13 under at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club’s Dubsdread Course in Lemont, Illinois. John Senden finished second, with fellow Australian Geoff Ogilvy one stroke further back at 10 under par.
Rose, who held at least a share of the lead each round after opening the tournament with a 63, was one shot ahead of Senden before making a chip-in birdie at the 17th hole. It led to the third PGA Tour win for the 31-year-old Englishman, who captured his first two titles in the U.S. last season.
“The manner in which I won this tournament, it rates as high as the best tournament I’ve ever won,” Rose said at a news conference. “To win at this level with this strength of field wire to wire I think gives me a lot of confidence. It’s a big step up. Being a playoff event puts it in that special category of tournaments.”
Rose is the first European winner of the BMW Championship since 1934, when Harry Cooper of the U.K. won the tournament, which was then called the Western Open.
Rose squandered six of his previous seven 54-hole PGA Tour leads. His advantage had dwindled to one shot before chipping in from 33 feet out on the par-4 17th hole.
“I nearly took the chicken stick out and putted it. Then I said to myself, ‘This is a really makeable chip,’” Rose said. “That was a moment when you really had to commit and do what you’ve got to do to win a golf tournament.”
Rose and the other top 29 golfers in the FedEx Cup rankings now advance to the season-ending Tour Championship, where the winner receives a $10 million bonus. The tournament is scheduled for Sept. 22-25 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
Started With 125
The top 125 players qualified for the PGA Tour’s first playoff event, the Barclays, through season-long rankings, with Tiger Woods among those to miss the cutoff. The top 100 players in the rankings then advanced to the Deutsche Bank Championship and the field was further cut to 70 for the BMW Championship.
Jim Furyk, the 2010 FedEx Cup winner, finished just outside the top 30 and didn’t qualify for next week’s Tour Championship. Masters Tournament champion Charl Schwartzel and Ricky Fowler are among those who also missed the cutoff.
Tour Championship Field (FedEx Cup Rankings) ======================= 1. Webb Simpson 2. Dustin Johnson 3. Justin Rose 4. Luke Donald 5. Matt Kuchar 6. Brandt Snedeker 7. Nick Watney 8. Chez Reavie 9. John Senden 10. Jason Day 11. Gary Woodland 12. Steve Stricker 13. K.J. Choi 14. Phil Mickelson 15. Mark Wilson 16. David Toms 17. Jonathan Byrd 18. Bubba Watson 19. Adam Scott 20. Keegan Bradley 21. Hunter Mahan 22. Jason Dufner 23. Vijay Singh 24. Geoff Ogilvy 25. Bill Haas 26. Charles Howell III 27. Aaron Baddeley 28. Y.E. Yang 29. Fredrik Jacobson 30. Bo Van Pelt