Rose Masterful in British Victory
Rose closed with his second straight 7-under 65 on the Marquess Course at Woburn Golf and Country Club to finish at 19-under-par 269, one shot removed from Poulter, who shot 68.
Rose, 21, captured his second title of the year on the European Tour and his fourth worldwide. He won the Dunhill Championship in January, as well as the Nashua Masters on the Sunshine Tour and The Crowns tournament in Japan.
It is nice to win one of the premier events on the European Tour, said Rose. I talked in Germany (two weeks ago) about the fact that although I had won three times this year I hadnt won an event with a full field and full status on the European Tour and I managed to knock that one off pretty quickly.
Rose started the final day three shots behind Phillip Price, and two behind Poulter. He birdied four of his first seven holes for a front-nine 32. However, Poulter maintained a one-shot advantage by carding four straight birdies starting at the fifth for a 3-under 33.
Price, the overnight leader after opening with rounds of 68, 65 and 68, couldnt keep the pace Sunday. He finished with an even-par 72 to claim third place at 15-under 273.
While Price was spinning his wheels, Rose and Poulter were in a dead heat to the finish line.
Poulter edged two ahead with a birdie at the 10th, but Rose came back with a birdie on the very next hole. The two matched each others birdies on the 12th, and when Poulter bogeyed the 13th they were tied at the top.
Rose appeared to have the advantage on the par-3 14th after hitting his tee shot to eight feet, while Poulter found the bunker from the left side of the green. But the 26-year-old holed out from the sand to again match Roses birdie 2.
Rose moved in front for the first time on the 16th after Poulter three-putted. Poulter had the chance to force extra holes on the last when he hit his 7-iron approach to ten feet, but the putt slipped by the left side, giving Rose the crown.
After Ian holed the bunker shot on the 14th and I holed the putt to follow him in we were chatting and saying we had never had so much fun on the golf course, said Rose. He is such a great competitor. (He) plays with so much guts, heart and determination that you never know what is coming next from him.
The three other victories this year have been in far and distant places. Although they are very special it is fantastic to win on home soil.
Said Poulter: I said to Justin when we got into the back nine, 'This is what we play golf for.' I laughed and said, 'Who would have thought that you and I would be coming down the last fighting for it.'
But its great to see him win again this year. I am happy with my performance this week. One more would have perfect but my golf is really in shape and lets hope it continues.
Final results from the British Masters
Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.
Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.
Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.
“Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”
The problem was an expired visa.
Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.
No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.
Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.
His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.
One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.
His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.
“Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”
He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.
“It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”
'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.
Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.
“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”
Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.
The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.
“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”
Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.
“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”
Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.
“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”
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