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By Ron Green Jr. and Steve Eubanks of Global Golf Post
You don’t often see a fist pump for a 30-footer that doesn’t do in. But then again, not many tap-ins are worth $10 million. Justin Rose, who led the FedEx Cup race going into the final round of the Tour Championship, didn’t have his best stuff. In fact, he missed more fairways on Sunday than he had the other three days combined. But Rose dug deep on the final hole. He knew he had to.
Tiger Woods entered the final round needing a wealth of things to happen to win his third FedEx Cup title. Bryson DeChambeau needed to finish T15 or worse. He finished 19th. Tony Finau had to finish T3 or worse. Finau finished T15. Dustin Johnson needed to finish in a three-way tie for second or worse. Johnson had a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to get into a two-way tie for second but he lipped out and finished alone in third. Justin Thomas needed to finish in a three-way tie for second or worse. A 1-under 69 left Thomas T7. That left only Rose between Woods and the $10 million bonus. If Rose finished in a three-way for fifth or worse, Tiger would win it all.
When Rose teed off on 18, he was in a four-way tie for fifth. That’s when he hit it too far. The ball ran 6 inches into the rough through the fairway, leaving him 211 yards to the flag. Rose hit what looked like a good 7-iron but the ball appeared destined for the greenside bunker.
That’s when a bit of luck broke the 38-year-old Englishman’s way. The ball hit the grass face of the bunker and bounded forward onto the green, leaving him two putts for the year-end prize.
“As a kid, I would have said being a major champion was most important to me, “Rose said. “I’m a major champion. The Olympic gold medal has become important to be. Reaching No. 1 (in the world) in recent weeks is the third string in my bow. And now FedEx Cup champion is right there. Hopefully, I can add a few more strings. It would be nice to end up with a harp.”
Republished with permission from Global Golf Post