Top ranked Rose holds off Scott to win Farmers Insurance Open

Top ranked Rose holds off Scott to win Farmers Insurance Open

Top ranked Rose holds off Scott to win Farmers Insurance Open

Rose, 38, was making his first appearance of 2019 and took a three-shot lead over Scott into the final round.

Rose had a three-shot lead shrink to a single shot with his third bogey in five holes to start the final round at Torrey Pines. Scott also made birdie, a great finish that barely allowed him to make up any ground. Batting.266 doesn't exactly inspire confidence, even if you're the world's top-ranked player.

"Those types of trips are very hard to make when you golf if you're going to come straight back to the States and try and keep the momentum going", Rose said. He recovered a bit on the back nine on Sunday, but the damage was done.

Rose holed an eight-foot par putt on No. 15 with Scott in tight for birdie to keep his lead at three shots.

The timing was ideal for Rose, who takes pride in winning every year.

When I think about Justin Rose, I think about the courses he's ticked off all over the planet.

"Had a bit of a gut-check time on the seventh hole but I'd been playing so well all week".

Rose, who finished at 21-under 267, expanded his lead at No. 1 in the world and won for the 10th time on the PGA Tour.

Scott was unable to make any early progress on day four but birdies at his final four holes saw him break clear of a race for second and third place and he earns the US$750,000 second placed cheque.

The Englishman dedicated his victory to his regular caddie, Mark Fulcher, who underwent heart surgery on January 17 in New York City.

World No.1 Rose eased to a two-stroke win, with a stunning approach to the 18th green at Torrey Pines sealing his victory in the grand manner.

This was a benchmark victory for many reasons.

Rose was well aware of his record with the lead, if not Torrey Pines' historically poor treatment of front-runners.

"I couldn't really close the gap, so he kind of never was really under much pressure because when he made a bogey, so would I, and Jon wasn't charging". There's a well-documented list of top players whose careers went the wrong way following similar equipment changes. I live in the Bahamas right now.

The world No. 1 was already enjoying some brilliant form prior to the Farmers Open with seven top-10 finishes in his previous nine starts. It was just one of those weeks where I just didn't quite see the lines quite right.

The American shot another round of 70, this one on the north course, which played about two shots easier than the south.

The combination has the former world No.1 convinced he can break his win drought of nearly three years and return to golf's top ranks.

Justin Rose of England celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Farmers Insurance golf tournament on Sunday.

"He has a nasty streak in him, for sure".

"Yesterday my iron play was really bad", he said. "He's learned the hard way, with the way he started his career. But I don't mind it, if it is going to produce this golf".

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