How Justin Rose won the Quicken Loans National

Justin Rose (pictured by Getty Images) and Shawn Stefani entered the final round of the Quicken Loans National trailing 54-hole leader Patrick Reed (77) by three strokes, with both carding a 1-under-par 70 to advance to the first playoff at the Quicken Loans National. A par for Rose on the first extra hole, coupled with Stefani’s double bogey, led to his sixth PGA TOUR win.

Perhaps the shot of the day for Rose was a crucial 15’1” putt for bogey on the 72nd hole. His week included a 6-under 65 in the second round, the low round of the week at Congressional Country Club.

Rose’s three-shot come-from-behind win equals Anthony Kim (2008) for the largest at the Quicken Loans National.

Playoff records on the PGA TOUR: Rose (1-0), Stefani (0-1).

The playoff is the seventh on TOUR this season and third in the last six events.

Justin Rose

Justin Rose claims his sixth PGA TOUR victory in his 243rd start at the age of 33 years, 10 months, 30 days.

PGA TOUR victories (6):

2010 the Memorial Tournament, Quicken Loans National
2011 BMW Championship
2012 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
2013 U.S. Open
2014 Quicken Loans National

Rose has at least one PGA TOUR victory in five consecutive seasons. Here’s the current longest win streaks on TOUR (Note: Mickelson and Haas would fall off the list if they fail to win the rest of this season):

Phil Mickelson (10; 2004-2013)
Dustin Johnson (7; 2008-2014)
Justin Rose (5; 2010-2014)
Bill Haas (4: 2010-2013)

Rose collects 500 points and moves from No. 43 to No. 12 in the FedExCup standings.

Rose’s winning score of 4-over 280 is the highest in relation to par on the PGA TOUR since Patrick Reed won with a 4-over 284 total at the 2014 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

Rose wins in his fifth start at the Quicken Loans National (2007-T30, 2009-T16, 2010-Won, 2011-T15, 2014-Won).

Rose (2010, 2014) joins Tiger Woods (2009, 2012) as the only multiple winners of the Quicken Loans National.

Rose wins in his 13th start of the season, with his previous-best finish a T4 at THE PLAYERS Championship.

Rose has finished inside the top 25 in nine of his 13 starts this season. Here’s a look at his last seven starts:

Masters Tournament – T14
Zurich Classic of New Orleans – T8
Wells Fargo Championship – 5
THE PLAYERS Championship – T4
the Memorial Tournament – MC
U.S. Open – T12
Quicken Loans National – Won

Rose opened this week with a 3-over 74, marking the highest start by a winner on the PGA TOUR this season, topping 72s by John Senden at the Valspar Championship and Scott Stallings at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose is the 14th player in his 30s to win on TOUR this season (17 wins), compared to 13 in their 20s (15 wins) and one in his 40s (John Senden).

Rose becomes the ninth international winner on TOUR this season, recording the 10th win by that group. He joins Jason Day, John Senden, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Seung-Yul Noh, Martin Kaymer (2), Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama.

Rose (2010, 2014) is one of two international winners at the Quicken Loans National (K.J. Choi/2007).

R4 at a glance: 5/14 fairways, 11/18 greens, 28 putts, 1/1 sand saves.

Justin Rose’s Statistics for the Week:

Fairways Hit 36 of 56 T11
Driving Distance 300.3 yards 33
Greens in Regulation 48 of 72 T13
Total Putts 113 T13
Strokes Gained – Putting +.232/round 37
Sand Saves 4/7 T33

About Justin Rose

Birthdate: July 30, 1980
Birthplace/Resides: Johannesburg, South Africa/London, England
Family: Wife, Kate; Leo (2/21/09), Charlotte (1/1/12)
Height/Weight: 6-3, 195
Turned Pro: 1998
Joined TOUR: 2004

Lead and tournament record notes

There have been four come-from-behind wins at the Quicken Loans National: K.J. Choi (2007), Anthony Kim (2008), Tiger Woods (2012) and Justin Rose (2014).

The 54-hole leader/co-leader has won 16 of 32 stroke-play events this season, most recently Martin Kaymer at the U.S. Open.

The 72-hole tournament record is 267, set by Tiger Woods (2009) and Nick Watney (2011).

Open Championship Qualifying Series (OQS)

Four players qualified for The Open Championship this week through the new Open Qualifying Series (OQS): Shawn Stefani, Charley Hoffman, Ben Martin and Brendan Steele (Steele beat out Andres Romero based on having a higher Official World Golf Ranking).

The OQS is the new international qualifying series involving events on the world’s leading golf tours. It is being introduced for The Open Championship which takes place at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) July 13-20. The OQS comprises 14 events in nine countries on five continents and offers players the opportunity to qualify for golf’s oldest major championship at events on the PGA TOUR, the European Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Japan Golf Tour.

Players on the PGA TOUR have the chance to qualify at three events: this week’s Quicken Loans National, The Greenbrier Classic and John Deere Classic. The top four players, not previously eligible, that finish among the top 12 and ties at the Quicken Loans National and Greenbrier Classic qualify for the Open Championship. In addition, the top player among the top five (and ties) at the John Deere Classic will also qualify.

There were 26 players in this week’s Quicken Loans National already scheduled to appear in The Open Championship in two weeks.

Patrick Reed

Seeking his fourth TOUR victory, Patrick Reed entered the final round with a two-stroke lead but struggled to a 6-over 77 to finish T11. It marks the first time in four attempts on TOUR he has failed to carry the 54-hole lead on to victory.

Prior to this week, Reed had converted all three of his third-round leads/co-leads on the PGA TOUR: 2013 Wyndham Championship, 2014 Humana Challenge, 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Reed was seeking to tie Phil Mickelson for third on the list of most wins on TOUR (since 1970) prior to a player’s 24th birthday: Tiger Woods (15), Rory McIlroy (6), Phil Mickelson (4), Patrick Reed (3), Jerry Pate (3), Adam Scott (3), Sergio Garcia (3), Lanny Wadkins (3).

Reed is one of four current players 25-or-under with multiple wins — Rory McIlroy (6), Patrick Reed (3), Russell Henley (2), Harris English (2).

In his only other start at the Quicken Loans National, Reed finished T34 in 2013, following rounds of 76-64-74-71—285. His 64 in round two last year is one stroke shy of his career-low round.

Making his 19th start of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season, Reed has already claimed wins at the Humana Challenge and World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Since his win at Doral, he missed the cut in five of his ensuing nine starts, with this week’s finish (T11) topping his previous-best finish during that stretch (T35-U.S. Open).

Additional Player Notes

Shawn Stefani’s runner-up finish tops his previous-best finish on TOUR at the 2014 Shell Houston Open (5th). This week marked his 33rd start on the PGA TOUR. He moves from No. 155 to No. 77 in the FedExCup standings.

Charley Hoffman’s T3 finish is his second top-5 finish in his last six starts on TOUR (T5 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans). Hoffman has never missed the cut in eight starts at the Quicken Loans National, with his previous-best finish a T19 in his inaugural appearance in 2007.

Ben Martin notches his third third-place finish of the season: 3rd-Puerto Rico Open, T3-RBC Heritage, T3-Quicken Loans National.

Andres Romero’s T5 finish is his first top 10 on TOUR since a T2 at the 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open. Romero has never missed the cut in six starts at the Quicken Loans National, with his previous-best finish T13 in 2013.

Brendan Steele finished T5 in his third start at the Quicken Loans National (T68-2012, T16-2013, T5-2014). This week marks his career-high fourth top-10 finish of the season.

Brendon Todd finished T5 in his third Quicken Loans National start (72-2012, T13-2013, T5-2014). Here’s a look at his last five starts on TOUR:

1st – HP Byron Nelson Championship
T5 – Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
T8 – the Memorial Tournament
T17 – U.S. Open
T5 – Quicken Loans National

Two of Billy Hurley III’s five career top-10 finishes on TOUR have come at the Quicken Loans National, finishing a career-best T4 in 2012 and T8 this season.

Brendon de Jonge finished T8 for his first top-10 finish in six Quicken Loans National starts (previous-best finish was T11 in 2012).

Marc Leishman’s T8 finish is his second top 10 in six starts at the Quicken Loans National. It is his fourth top 10 of the season, tying his mark from last year for most of his career.

Jordan Spieth finished T11 for his 15th top-25 finish in 19 starts this season on the PGA TOUR.

Defending champion Bill Haas finished T30 following a final-round 6-over 77.

As the last man in the field when William McGirt withdrew Wednesday, Hudson Swafford finished T11. He was seeking to become the first player to make the Quicken Loans National his first PGA TOUR win. It would have also made him the 10th first-time winner on TOUR this season, and second rookie (Chesson Hadley/Puerto Rico Open).

Peter Hanson finished T46 in his first start at the Quicken Loans National. His week included a hole-in-one on the second hole Saturday, his first ace on the PGA TOUR. As the Official Mortgage Sponsor of the PGA TOUR and as a result of Hanson’s ace, Quicken Loans will award one year’s worth of mortgage payments to Arline Deacon of Fayetteville, Ga., to commemorate the ace. The Quicken Loans’ Hole-In-One Sweepstakes will continue on the PGA TOUR for the rest of the 2014 calendar season, awarding one year’s worth of mortgage payments to a randomly selected entrant for every ace during official TOUR events.

Jimmy Walker retains the top spot in the FedExCup standings for the 25th consecutive week.

Miscellaneous Notes

Each Quicken Loans National past champion was in this week’s field, with the exception of 2008 winner Anthony Kim. Here’s a look at where those past champions finished: Justin Rose/2010 (Won), Bill Haas/2013 (T30), Nick Watney/2011 (T30), K.J. Choi/2007 (T64) and Tiger Woods/2009, 2012 (MC).

Bogey-free rounds:

R1: None
R2: Justin Rose (65), Oliver Goss (66), Marc Leishman (66), Billy Horschel (68)
R3: None
R4: None

Scoring Averages at the par-71 Congressional Country Club:

Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1 36.192 36.167 72.358 –
R2 35.818 36.183 72.042 72.200
R3 36.440 36.040 72.480 72.267
R4 36.533 37.187 73.720 72.546

The par-4 11th hole played the most difficult this week at 4.482. The par-5 sixth hole was the easiest at 4.797

Weather: Sunny, with a high of 84 degrees. Winds S/SE 6-12 mph.

Final-Round Leaderboard

Justin Rose 74-65-71-70—280 (-4)*
Shawn Stefani 74-68-68-70—280 (-4)
Charley Hoffman 72-72-68-69—281 (-3)
Ben Martin 72-68-70-71—281 (-3)
*won with a par-4 on the first playoff hole over Stefani

Source: PGA Tour


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