DUBLIN, Ohio – Justin Rose is nothing if not direct, so much so that he violated one of golf’s unwritten rules when asked about his approach shot into the 72nd hole on Sunday at the Memorial.
“The miss-hit was a shank. You can use the word, I'll use it,” smiled Rose, using the one word that most PGA Tour types try to avoid. “The ball was below my feet [in a fairway bunker], and I was trying to hit a hard 8-iron, if anything turn it right to left, and I probably just got a little ahead of it with the ball below my feet. The heel came in first, unfortunately.”
The shot sailed some 30 yards right of the hole and hit a fan on the head. Rose, who would rally with a clutch chip to 2 feet to save his par and earn a spot in the playoff against David Lingmerth, said he apologized to the man, who appeared to be uninjured, and signed a glove for him.
“If I had won the tournament, I would have done a lot more for him,” laughed Rose, who lost to Lingmerth on the third extra hole. “I thanked him for the good bounce and gave him a glove and I said, ‘I owe you a beer, you know.’”