Justin Rose is second on the PGA Tour in bounce-back percentage, but his comeback victory at the Quicken Loans National was his biggest bounce back of the year – even though he only followed a bogey or worse with a birdie or better one time last week.
Rose opened with a 74 at Congressional – including a front-nine 40. It was the worst first-round score for a winner this year and just the seventh time since 2000 that a player opened with a 74 or worse in a PGA Tour event and went on to win.
|75||Mark Calcavecchia||2007 Tampa||+4|
|74||Justin Rose||2014 Quicken Loans||+3|
|74||Vijay Singh||2004 Houston||+2|
|74||Stuart Appleby||2005 T of C||+1|
|74||Phil Mickelson||2005 BellSouth||+2|
|74||Tiger Woods||2005 Masters||+2|
|74||Padraig Harrington||2008 British Open||+4|
After the 3-over start, Rose shot 65 Friday and followed with rounds of 71-70 on the weekend to finish tied with Shawn Stefani at 4-under 280. Rose won on the first playoff hole after Stefani hit his approach into a greenside pond. Interestingly, Stefani also opened with a 74 last week, and six of the seven players who were in the top five began their week with over-par rounds.
Comeback kings: Quicken Loans leaders after round one
|Finish||Player||First round||Final score||Pos. after day one|
Rose (and Stefani) trailed first-round leader Greg Chalmers by eight strokes after he opened the week with a five-under 66. This was the fourth time in the last three years that the winning score in relation to par was worse than that put up by the first-round leader. Rose has been involved in two of those occassions, with his win at the 2013 U.S. Open also meeting this requirement.
PGA Tour events where the winner’s score was worse than the first-round leader’s score: 2012-2014
|Tournament||First-round score||Winner's score||Champion|
|2014 Quicken Loans||-5||-4||Justin Rose|
|2013 British Open||-5||-3||Phil Mickelson|
|2013 U.S. Open||-3||+1||Justin Rose|
|2012 U.S. Open||-3||+1||Webb Simpson|
This was Rose’s first win since the U.S. Open and it came on another major venue, Congressional, host of the 2011 national championship won by Rory McIlroy. Rose missed the cut at that Open (again opening with a 74), and if his victory Sunday was somewhat of a surprise it’s because he hadn’t played Congo since that missed cut. He skipped the National the last two years even though he won the tournament in 2010 when it was held at Aronimink GC in Pennsylvania. Rose is one of six players who have won in 2013-14 despite skipping the tournament the previous two years. He is also one of seven active players who have won the same current PGA Tour event (not a major or a WGC) on two different courses.
PGA Tour winners in 2014 who didn’t play that event the previous two years
|Justin Rose||Quicken Loans||2011|
|Webb Simpson||Las Vegas||2010|
|Chesson Hadley||Puerto Rico||Never|
Active players who have won the same current PGA Tour event on two different courses*
|Player||Tournament||First course||Second course|
|Justin Rose||Quicken Loans||2010 Aronimink||2014 Congressional|
|Tiger Woods||Tournament of Champions||1997 LaCosta||2000 Kapalua|
|Vijay Singh||Shell Houston Open||2002 TPC Woodlands||2004-05 Redstone|
|Stuart Appleby||Shell Houston Open||1999 TPC Woodlands||2006 Redstone|
|Jim Furyk||Canadian Open||2006 Hamilton||2007 Angus Glen|
|Vijay Singh||Barclays||93-95-06 Westchester||2008 Ridgewood|
|Tiger Woods||Tour Championship||1999 Champions||2007 East Lake|
Rose becomes the second major champion from 2013 to win this season, following Adam Scott, who won the Crowne Plaza at Colonial.
How the 2013 major champions have fared in 2014
|Player||Starts||Cuts made||Best||Top 10s||Points rank||Money rank|
|13||11||Won Quicken Loans||6||12||9|
|15||11||T-11 FedEx, Wells Fargo||0||89||88|
In his last seven starts, the South African-born Englishman has made six cuts and finished no worse than T-14. He has moved from 75th on the FedEx Cup standings to 12th, and from 57th on the money list to ninth.
Justin Rose on the PGA Tour since the Masters
But why shouldn't Rose be playing his best golf of the season? It's his time of year. He might have started his hot streak a bit earlier in 2014, but late spring/early summer is when Rose blooms. He had two previous June victories, at the Memorial in 2010 and the Open in 2013. His win at the 2010 National came on July 4. He’s also come close to winning several other times in this portion of the calendar with a runner-up at the 2008 Memorial, and a third in Hartford in 2005, both of which he was leading after three rounds. Here’s how Rose has fared at the PGA Tour events that currently end in June. He was won 26.5 percent of his career earnings at these tournaments.
Justin Rose in the PGA Tour events that currently end in June
|U.S. Open||9||3||Won, 2013||$2,023,054|
|Quicken Loans||5||2||Won, 2010, 2014||$2,511,620|
There is no truth to the rumor that Rose is petitioning Augusta National to have them switch the Masters to the week before the U.S. Open. But we wouldn't blame him if he tried.