England’s Rose blooms in New Orleans

Justin Rose won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana

Justin Rose wins Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Justin Rose wins Zurich Classic of New Orleans
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Justin Rose of England birdied the last two holes at TPC Louisiana to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans by a single from Cameron Tringale of the USA.

Justin Rose of England birdied the last two holes at TPC Louisiana to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans by a single from Cameron Tringale of the USA.

It was a seventh PGA Tour victory for Rose and the sixth straight season he has captured a title on the circuit. The win has moved the Englishman from 82nd to 15th on the FedEx Cup standings. It caps quite a turnaround for the 34-year-old, who started the season poorly but moved back into the limelight with a tied 2nd place finish at The Masters.

"Earlier this year it looked impossible to win," Rose said, (he had three missed cuts and a best finish of 37th in his first five starts on the PGA Tour in 2015.) "I'm very happy to have turned my game around."

Rose went bogey-free for his last 66 holes at TPC Louisiana and he made six birdies during his final round. He needed birdies at the last two holes to hold off Cameron Tringale, and he managed to secure them with two clutch putts of just over 10-feet. His winning total of 22-under-par was the lowest ever recorded at TPC Louisiana.

Tringale also made a birdie at the home hole, but he came up just one stroke shy of making a playoff.

"I'm pleased," said Tringale. "To finish one back is still a pretty good week."

First round leader Boo Weekley bounced back well on the final day to card a closing 65 and end the week alone in third place.

Rose began the final day tied for the lead with Jason Day of Australia. Day struggled in the hot and steamy conditions and, although he posted a closing 69, a couple of mistakes proved costly and he finished the event in a tie for fourth with Jim Herman of the USA.

"The early days and the hot days, and just the long days in general kind of finally caught up to me," Day said. "I played great all week, but this final round just had a lot of mental errors."

Zurich Classic of New Orleans TPC Louisiana, Avondale, Louisiana Apr 23-26, purse: €3,000,000, par: 72

1    Justin Rose (Eng)        69    66    65    66    266    $1,242,000 2    Cameron Tringale (USA) 69    65    68    65    267    $745,200 3    Boo Weekley (USA)    64    70    69    65    268    $469,200 T4    Jason Day (Aus)        67    65    68    69    269    $303,600 T4    Jim Herman (USA)    69    68    67    65    269    $303,600 T6    Daniel Berger (USA)    66    67    68    69    270    $239,775 T6    David Hearn (Can)    65    70    67    68    270    $239,775 T8    Blayne Barber (USA)    67    70    64    70    271    $193,200 T8    Chad Campbell (USA)    67    68    68    68    271    $193,200 T8    Chesson Hadley (USA)    67    72    66    66    271    $193,200 T8    Whee Kim (Kor)        68    71    68    64    271    $193,200

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

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