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Golf: Rose wins playoff at Congressional

Published June 29, 2014 11:05 pm

Golf • Brit overcomes mistake to top Stefani at Quicken Loans.
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Bethesda, Md. • Justin Rose got his mistake out of the way one hole early and won the Quicken Loans National in a playoff Sunday over Shawn Stefani.

Tied for the lead as he played the 18th hole at Congressional, Rose tried to hit through two trees left of the fairway and overturned the shot. It ran down a bank and into the water, and he had to hole a 15-foot bogey putt just to stay in the game.

That proved to be the biggest shot he hit all day.



Behind him, Stefani made bogey on the 17th and narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 18th to set up the first playoff in the eight-year history of this event.

And then it was Stefani who essentially repeated Rose's mistake on the first extra hole at No. 18.

After taking a drop because the grandstands blocked his view of the green, he wanted to play his low punch to the right side of the green. His shot also had too much turn and bounded into the water. Rose hit the middle of the green from the fairway and two-putted for par. Stefani made double bogey.

It was Rose's first win since the U.S. Open last summer at Merion, and it felt like he won another U.S. Open as tough as Congressional played. With putting surfaces that had a brown tinge to them even before the leaders teed off, and thick rough all week, it was a far stronger test than when the Open was held in soggy conditions in 2011.

"Congressional got its reputation back after the U.S. Open," Rose said. "I really enjoy this type of golf and this type of test. I think it tested all of us. I'm delighted."

Rose and Stefani each closed with a 1-under 70 — only six players broke par in the final round — and finished at 4-under 280.

It was only the second time this year that the winning score was higher than the 36-hole lead (6 under). That also happened at Torrey Pines, which also hosted a U.S. Open.

Despite his blunder on the 18th, Rose earned his second chance.

He went 14 straight holes without making a bogey.

LPGA Tour

Stacy Lewis made a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday in the NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark., to finally win an official event in her adopted state.

The top-ranked Lewis, who played at the nearby University of Arkansas, earned an unofficial win in the rain-shortened 2007 tournament as an amateur. On Sunday, she closed with a 6-under 65 for a one-stroke victory.

Champions Tour

Bernhard Langer made a short birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Jeff Sluman to win the Senior Players Championship on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Langer appeared to be in trouble when his second shot on the par-5 18th ended up in the rough short of the green. He hit a brilliant pitch to 5 feet and made the putt after Sluman's birdie attempt rolled just wide.

Web.com Tour

Lehi resident Tony Finau bogeyed three of the last four holes Sunday, falling out of the lead and settling for a tie for fourth place in the United Leasing Championship at Newburgh, Indiana.

Finau, a West High School graduate, still moved to No. 24 on the Web.com Tour money list. In August, the top 25 players will receive PGA Tour cards for the 2014-15 season. —

Sunday's scores

Quicken Loans National

At Congressional Country Club

Bethesda, Md.

Purse • $6.5 million

Yardage • 7,569; Par • 71 (36-35)

Final

x-won on first playoff hole

x-Justin Rose $1,170,000 74-65-71-70—280 -4

Shawn Stefani $702,000 74-68-68-70—280 -4

Charley Hffman $377,000 72-72-68-69—281 -3

Ben Martin $377,000 72-68-70-71—281 -3

Andres Romero $237,250 70-72-72-68—282 -2

Brendan Steele $237,250 74-66-71-71—282 -2

Brendon Todd $237,250 72-70-69-71—282 -2

Brendn de Jnge $188,500 71-68-71-73—283 -1

Billy Hurley III $188,500 69-73-70-71—283 -1

Marc Leishman $188,500 70-66-73-74—283 -1

Ricky Barnes $125,125 67-69-75-73—284 E

Robert Garrigus $125,125 73-70-70-71—284 E

Billy Horschel $125,125 70-68-74-72—284 E

Freddie Jacobsn $125,125 67-71-71-75—284 E

Richard H. Lee $125,125 74-68-68-74—284 E

Patrick Reed $125,125 68-68-71-77—284 E

Jordan Spieth $125,125 74-70-69-71—284 E

Hudson Swaffrd $125,125 69-68-73-74—284 E

Stewart Cink $87,750 74-69-71-71—285 +1

Also

Dniel Smmrhays $36,978 70 -72-71-75—288 +4

Senior PlayersChampionship

At Fox Chapel Golf Club

Pittsburgh

Purse • $2.7 million

Yardage • 6,696 Par • 70 (35-35)

Final

x-won on second playoff hole

x-Bernhrd Langer $405,000 65-64-66-70—265 -15

Jeff Sluman $237,600 69-67-64-65—265 -15

Russ Cochran $194,400 70-66-63-67—266 -14

Kenny Perry $160,650 70-63-65-69—267 -13

Mark McNulty $128,250 66-66-71-66—269 -11

Mark Brooks $83,700 66-67-71-66—270 -10

Joe Durant $83,700 64-68-67-71—270 -10

Bill Glasson $83,700 67-64-68-71—270 -10

Jay Haas $83,700 69-70-65-66—270 -10

Mark O'Meara $83,700 67-66-69-68—270 -10

Corey Pavin $83,700 65-69-69-67—270 -10

John Cook $54,900 69-66-70-66—271 -9

Bob Gilder $54,900 70-69-69-63—271 -9

John Riegger $54,900 68-64-69-70—271 -9

Michael Allen $43,200 68-64-69-71—272 -8

Marco Dawson $43,200 66-68-68-70—272 -8

David Frost $43,200 64-71-68-69—272 -8

Doug Garwood $43,200 64-67-71-70—272 -8

Colin Montgmerie $43,200 69-69-66-68—272 -8

Barry Lane $34,290 66-69-68-70—273 -7

Tom Lehman $34,290 67-69-66-71—273 -7

Bart Bryant $27,765 65-70-71-68—274 -6

Tom Byrum $27,765 69-70-69-66—274 -6

Dan Forsman $27,765 69-69-69-67—274 -6

Rocco Mediate $27,765 67-70-69-68—274 -6

Loren Roberts $27,765 68-66-71-69—274 -6

LPGA-NW ArkansasChampionship

At Pinnacle Country Club

Rogers, Ark.

Purse • $2 million

Yardage • 6,375 Par 71 (36-35)

Final

Stacy Lewis $300,000 70-66-65—201 -12

Lydia Ko $141,128 69-68-65—202 -11

Cristie Kerr $141,128 69-66-67—202 -11

Angela Stanford $141,128 68-67-67—202 -11

So Yeon Ryu $83,633 67-67-69—203 -10

Chella Choi $62,852 70-65-69—204 -9

Suzann Pettersen $62,852 68-67-69—204 -9

Julieta Granada $39,188 72-68-65—205 -8

Meena Lee $39,188 70-70-65—205 -8

Jennifer Rosales $39,188 67-71-67—205 -8

Karine Icher $39,188 72-65-68—205 -8

Mina Harigae $39,188 70-66-69—205 -8

Mi Hyang Lee $39,188 71-65-69—205 -8

Michelle Wie $39,188 66-66-73—205 -8

Hee Young Park $27,168 69-70-67—206 -7

Inbee Park $27,168 69-69-68—206 -7

Na Yeon Choi $27,168 68-69-69—206 -7

Alejandra Llaneza $27,168 66-70-70—206 -7

Jennifer Johnson $22,910 69-72-66—207 -6

Mi Jung Hur $22,910 72-68-67—207 -6

Pornanong Phatlum $22,910 67-72-68—207 -6

Line Vedel $22,910 68-68-71—207 -6

Jennifer Song $18,323 72-70-66—208 -5

Hee-Won Han $18,323 69-72-67—208 -5

Morgan Pressel $18,323 71-70-67—208 -5

Dori Carter $18,323 69-71-68—208 -5

Brooke Pancake $18,323 71-69-68—208 -5

 

 

 

 

 

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