Rose wins wild Zurich Classic
By Peter Santo
For one of the most consistent players in golf, the shortcomings that derailed Justin Rose’s game early in 2015 appear to be long gone. This win signifies a huge turnaround for Rose, who missed three cuts and failed to finish better than 37th in his first five starts of 2015.
Rose won his seventh PGA Tour title in dramatic fashion with some clutch play down the stretch. Rose birdied his final two holes and closed with a final round 66 to win by one over Cameron Tringale.
Rose’s aggressive play was on clear display on the par 5 18th. When the pressure was at its highest, Rose smacked a 295 yard drive down the middle, then unleashed a 3-wood 243 yards that finished just left of the green. The subsequent up and down sealed the deal.
While Rose struggled in early in the season, his performance at The Masters gave Rose the confidence he needed to win at TPC Louisiana. “I took my Masters performance with a huge amount of confidence,” said Rose, referring to his T2 finish at Augusta.
Being about a half hour ahead of the final groups on Sunday, Rose knew that he needed to be aggressive due to the birdie opportunities available in the closing stretch of holes.
“It would have been easy to hit it 20, 30 feet right of that pin, but I kind of knew that because I was three or four holes ahead of some of the other guys in contention. I knew they had birdie opportunities,” said Rose.
With a multitude of chasers in contention, including 6th ranked Jason Day, Rose was able to ride his clutch putter as well as his precision iron game to victory.
Rose’s final two putts, from 10 and 13.5 feet respectively, allowed Rose to hold off Cameron Tringale, who still searches for his first Tour title.
When the final putt dropped, Rose let out a huge scream and fist pumped emphatically. The reactions of Rose this week and Jim Furyk last week have made up for the subdued reaction of Jordan Spieth after sinking the winning putt at Augusta. However neither celebration can match the intensity of Spieth’s reaction after winning the Valspar Championship in March.
The victory marks Rose’s sixth straight season with a win, second only to Dustin Johnson’s eight consecutive seasons with a Tour title.