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Justin Rose lands an eighth title with Hong Kong Open win

By Phil Casey

Justin Rose was delighted to convert his second winning opportunity in seven days by claiming his eighth European Tour title in the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Rose carded a final round of 68 in Fanling to finish 17 under par, one shot clear of Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard, with England's Matt Fitzpatrick, American Patrick Reed, Australia's Jason Scrivener and Korea's Lee Soomin joint third on 11 under.

"I'm very happy to get the job done," Rose, who was the pre-tournament favourite, said. "I had a chance to win in Napa last week (at the Open). I was tied for the lead going down the 10th hole and let that one flitter away a little bit. I wanted to hang on to this one.

"Lucas played incredible golf. When you separate yourself from the field like we did, it's probably a tough one for him to lose. But he didn't lose it; just both of us played incredibly well."

The 35-year-old could afford to three-putt the 18th for only his third bogey of the week.

"It's an incredibly tough pin. TV probably doesn't do it justice," Rose insisted. "On the first putt if I hit it too firm and a little bit low, I would say there's a chance you're in the water. All the wrong things are going through my head at that point. But you just want to get it done."

Graeme McDowell posted a final round of two-under-par 68 to finish 11 shots behind Rose.

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