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Top-ranked Rose wins tournament title


SAN DIEGO—Justin Rose missed a short birdie putt that felt like another bogey.

His three-shot lead was down to one through six holes of the Farmers Insurance Open—and the biggest battle was trying not to panic.

That's when he scratched a line on his scorecard after six holes, wanting to start his round from that moment forward.

He also gave himself a pep talk.

“You're No. 1 for a reason," he said. "Just start playing like it, please.”

And he did.

Rose followed with a perfect wedge to a right pin that led to birdie—the first of five birdies the rest of the way for a three-under 69 and a two-shot victory over Adam Scott yesterday at Torrey Pines

It was his 10th-straight year with a victory worldwide, including his gold medal from the 2016 Olympics, and his 10th career PGA Tour victory gave him the most of any player from England, breaking a tie with Nick Faldo.

Rose finished at 21-under 267, the lowest 72-hole score at this event in 20 years, and the warm, windless weather had a role in that.

“Twenty-one under around Torrey Pines is great golf,” Rose conceded.

“But you had to do it," he stressed. "It felt like I had to work hard for his.”

Scott left him little choice. After not making a birdie until the ninth hole, and missing a 20-inch par putt on No. 5, Scott closed with four-straight birdies and kept the outcome in doubt until Rose hit wedge to three feet on the 18th hole for his last birdie.

“I just didn't have the game on the front nine, and it's a shame because Justin was a little shaky early with some bogeys,” Scott noted.

“By the time I got it sorted out, it was a bit too late.”

Rose became the first player to post all four rounds in the 60s since Peter Jacobsen in 1995, back when the North and South courses were 700 yards shorter.

Weather aside, this was an exquisite performance, especially with his three penalty shots on Saturday and then opening the final round with three bogeys in five holes.

Hideki Matsuyama closed with a 67 to tie for third with Talor Gooch, who shot 68.

Gooch, who finished fourth the previous week in the Desert Classic to get into this event, earned a spot in next week's Phoenix Open.

He is playing this year on conditional status.

Jon Rahm was never a factor after pulling within one shot with that birdie on No. 6, which turned out to be the only one he made all round.

He shot 72 to tie for fifth with Rory McIlroy (69) and defending champ Jason Day (67).

Tiger Woods had to settle for his own version of winning. Starting the final round 13 shots behind, Woods wanted to get into double figures.

He birdied his last two holes for a 31 on the front nine to shoot 67 and finish at 10-under 278.

He wound up tied for 20th in his 2019 debut.

“Got to have these little goals when I'm not in contention to win a tournament,” Woods said.

“Still something positive to end the week on.”

Mackenzie Hughes (70) of Dundas, Ont. was the top Canadian, finishing in a tie for 29th.

Adam Svensson (75) of Surrey, B.C., meanwhile, dropped down the leaderboard yesterday, finishing in a tie for 35th.

Nick Taylor (72) of Abbotsford, B.C. and Ben Silverman (75) of Thornhill, Ont. ended up in ties for 43rd and 62nd, respectively.

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