LAKE FOREST, Ill. – He put a charge into the leader and raced up the standings, but a sizzling final round from Justin Rose was still not quite enough to catch Marc Leishman at the BMW Championship.
Rose started the final round seven shots behind the Aussie, but he managed to trim the deficit to two shots after a birdie on the 13th hole. That proved to be as close as he could get, though, as the Englishman failed to capitalize on birdie chances on Nos. 14 and 15 and eventually finished in a tie for second alongside Rickie Fowler, five shots behind Leishman.
“I didn’t pay too much attention to leaderboards out there today. I played a little game with myself on the back nine,” Rose said. “I was five down teeing off the 10th tee and wanted to try to get to the last hole all square. I knew I was going to have to play a special back nine. That was the game within a game I was trying to play, and for a while it looked good.”
Rose managed to roll in his eighth birdie of the day on No. 16, but a bogey on the next hole combined with a pair of birdies from Leishman ended his chances. It’s still a third straight top-10 finish to open the postseason for Rose, who went from 17th to eighth in the points race and now will bring some extra momentum with him to the Tour Championship, where he had four straight top-6 finishes from 2012-15.
“Everyone knows [if] you’re in the top five and win, you win the FedExCup. You’re eighth, you have to have a good week,” Rose said. “It’s a lot better than it was three weeks ago. I think it’s been a nice playoff run. If I can keep trending the way I have, I have a chance.”