Justin Rose Wins WGC-Cadillac Championship
Justin Rose won the WGC-Cadillac Championship of this season on Sunday. This is the fourth time for Rose to win the PGA Tour in his career. A two-under final round of 70 proved enough for Justin Rose to win this championship at the end of a highly eventful day in Miami.
Why it was regarded as a highly eventful day? Not even a bogey at the last could prevent Rose from claiming his fourth win on the PGA Tour and the biggest triumph of his career so far, particularly in a Ryder Cup year.
Justin Rose shot a final round 70 to finish at 16-under-par while Watson, who had led by three at the start of the day, ended at 15-under after closing with a 74. “These moments are incredible and they are few and far between as a golfer,” said Rose. “There has been a lot of work going on with my game and days like this, where it just all shows up, makes it all worthwhile.”
Rose capitalised on the collapse of several of his rivals to win by one from Bubba Watson, who saw his overnight three-shot lead evaporate during a disastrous front nine on the Blue Monster course at Doral that took 39 strokes.
Rose had played smart and tidy golf all week, and he offered a glimmer of hope to his rival when he bogeyed the 18th after driving into the rough then launching his approach over the back of the green. The victory of this time was the first in a WGC event for Rose and could move him into the top ten when the next edition of the world rankings is released.
World number one Rory McIlroy had put himself in the frame with an eagle on the par-five 12th but needed a birdie on the 18th to really put the pressure on Rose. But his bogey left him two shots back in third place after carding 67 for the round.
After his victory, Rose said: “These moments are incredibly sweet. There’s been a lot of hard work going on with my game and just days like this when it all shows up it makes it all worthwhile.
“I really enjoyed playing with Bubba for three days. He’s a perfect gentlemen out there, we had a good time, complimenting one another’s good shots and Bubba was fun to play with and the crowd and the enthusiasm he generates is also a fun to be a part of.
“I’d obviously like to congratulate Bubba for being the face of this tournament the whole week and obviously the two good shots he hit into 18 had me sweating there in the clubhouse. That was a wonderful effort he made.”