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Clinical Rose shows his mettle to hold off rivals

 

Justin Rose
Justin Rose

By Robert Jones

World number one Justin Rose held his nerve to win the Farmers Insurance Open yesterday.

The English golfer, who went into the final round with a three-shot lead, finished on 21 under par, two shots clear of nearest challenger, Aussie Adam Scott.

A three under par final round of 69, which included birdies at the 16th and 18th holes, was enough to claim the prize.

Although he carded a birdie at the third hole, bogeys at the first, fourth and fifth threatened to knock Rose off course but he weathered the storm.

Rory McIlroy started his final round strongly and looked like sustaining a challenge for top spot before fading and finishing tied fifth with Jason Day and John Rahm. Back to back birdies at the six and seventh holes put a spring in the Holywood man's step and another birdie at the par five ninth hole left him three under par for his round.

But a bogey at the par five 12th halted his momentum and there would be no late fireworks, although he did finish with a birdie.

After starting the day on 11 under par, McIlroy shot a 69 and finished on 14 under par.

Tiger Woods carded an impressive final round 67 to finish on 10 under par.

Playing in an event he's won a record seven times, Woods was never in contention this week. He never broke the 70 mark in the first three rounds, struggling throughout with his putter and ability to find the fairway.

Meanwhile, Bryson DeChambeau claimed a remarkable fourth win in his last nine events with a commanding victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

DeChambeau carded a closing 64 at Emirates Golf Club to set a new tournament record of 24 under par and finish seven shots clear of England's Matt Wallace.

Wallace birdied the 18th to shoot 68 and claim outright second.

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