Rose: Clumsy, exhausted in final-round 71


CROMWELL, Conn. – U.S. Open champion Justin Rose made one final push to become the first player since Ernie Els in 1997 to win the week after claiming the Open trophy, but the Englishman finally ran out of mojo. Or maybe it was exhaustion.

Rose began Sunday three shots off the lead at the Travelers Championship and pulled to within one stroke of the front-runners following birdies at Nos. 6 and 7. But he faded on TPC River Highlands with bogeys at Nos. 9, 14 and 15 to finish tied for 13th following a final-round 71.

“I was just a little clumsy today when I needed to be sharp,” Rose said. “Getting to 9 under and having a chance and not being able to kind of finish it out cleanly, I think that probably shows more fatigue than anything.”

Rose plans to play next week’s AT&T National before taking two weeks off before the Open Championship in July.