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The rise of Justin Rose to No

The rise of Justin Rose to No”

Unlike most tournaments on the PGA Tour, there is a smaller field to split the $9 million prize pool with as the FedEx Cup playoffs have narrowed down the players eligible to compete over the past two weeks. "The belly putter was a tougher transition than I thought, and I kind of fell off the radar there for a little while".

Justin Rose said that it was the stuff of "boyhood dreams" after becoming golf's new world No 1 yesterday. Delighted to be world number one. "I'd have loved to have got there by winning, but today was fun".

After Sunday's wet weather postponed the final round, overnight leader Rose got off to a shaky start in defence of his one-shot advantage with a bogey on the first hole.

"That's an wonderful achievement, something I'm extraordinarily proud of", the Englishman said in a greenside interview after getting to the top of the tree. I'm very proud of it, it's been a good stretch of golf, I've really played solidly for over a year. "I'm not sure", said Spieth.

Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot on the 13th hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 13, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

"But obviously it's a big consolation being World No 1".

And then it went sour over the next year when he turned pro and missed 21 consecutive cuts on the European Tour.

But bogeys on the 10th and 14th holes derailed his hopes and he ran out of holes, playing the back nine in 34.

The Englishman (38) went into the final round one stroke clear of McIlroy and Xander Schauffele on 17-under par and looked set to claim the title when he birdied the 16th and 17th to go the last needing a par for victory.

Such was the scoring at Aronimink that Woods had a 72-hole score of 263 for the sixth time of his career. He is more likely to win the event and get his first victory of the season because he is only a couple shots off the lead. His consistent excellence finally overcame the millennial invasion - Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler - as well as the blossoming of his peers, Johnson and Bubba Watson. He finished the tournament at -17, not good enough to win, but more than good enough to keep himself in the FedEx Cup conversation.

"I was in control of my own destiny and didn't have it this week", Spieth said after a closing 73 left him tied 55th on three-under. Only the top 30 advance to the Tour Championship, marking the first time Spieth has missed the event since turning pro.

That means he will have played only 24 tournaments this season. As the ninth-ranked golfer in the world, he is one of the top players on tour week to week when healthy, so he was a favorite to be the overall playoff champ if he had played in all the events. Spieth is the first player to violate the policy, which began previous year.



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