Justin Rose holed two clutch putts in regulation, then made par on the first playoff hole to defeat Shawn Stefani and win the Quicken Loans National. Here is the skinny on the final day at Congressional:
The leaderboard: Justin Rose and Shawn Stefani at -4; Ben Martin and Charley Hoffman at -3; Andres Romero, Brendan Steele and Brendon Todd at -2
What it means: This is Rose’s first victory since he won the 2013 U.S. Open, a span of 26 events. The Englishman has now won an event for the fifth consecutive season on Tour, trailing only Phil Mickelson (10) and Dustin Johnson (7) on the active list. His six career PGA Tour titles have all come at big-time events: Memorial, AT&T (at Aronimink), BMW, WGC-Cadillac, U.S. Open and now this week’s event at Congressional, which hosted the Open in 2011.
Round of the day: On a brutal day for scoring at Congressional, both Rose and Stefani carded 1-under 70s to erase a three-shot deficit heading into the final round. Rose saved his round with a 10-foot par save on 17, then sank a 14-foot bogey putt on the 72nd hole to post 4-under 280. Stefani, meanwhile, had a 20-foot birdie look on the final hole in regulation, but it just missed left.
In the playoff, Stefani hooked his second shot into the pond left -- seemingly a replay of Rose’s miscue only a half hour earlier -- to make double. Rose, meanwhile, played his approach to the middle of the green and two-putted for par.
Best of the rest: Ben Martin (71) and Charley Hoffman (69) locked two of the available four Open berths, while Brendan Steele got the final one, despite a double on the last hole. Steele edged out Andres Romero (68) for the last spot because he has a higher world ranking.
Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed was 3-for-3 when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead, but he threw up a Sunday 77 to drop all the way to T-11. He came unraveled on the start of the back nine, when he double-bogeyed both Nos. 10 and 11. (His fellow playing competitor, Seung-yul Noh, shot a back-nine 43 en route to a 79.) It’s been feast or famine recently for Reed – in his last 23 starts, he has three victories but no other top 10s.
Quote of the day: “I think Congressional got its reputation back after the U.S. Open here, for sure. I was excited to play this golf course this week. I really enjoy this type of golf and this type of test. I think it tested all of us.” – Justin Rose