Justin Rose secures impressive win in Fort Worth Invitational

The Englishman finished three ahead of Brooks Koepka at Colonial CC

Justin Rose wins Fort Worth Invitational
Justin Rose wins Fort Worth Invitational
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Justin Rose closed with a 64 at Colonial Country Club to win the Fort Worth Invitational in Texas by three strokes from Brooks Koepka.

Justin Rose secures impressive win in Fort Worth Invitational

Justin Rose claimed his ninth PGA Tour title in the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial CC with a three-stroke victory over 2017 U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka.

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Rose began the final round at Colonial with a four-shot lead over Koepka and started the closing 18 strongly with birdies on the first two holes. Although he bogeyed the 3rd, the Englishman restored his four-stroke advantage with another birdie at the difficult 5th. By the turn, Rose’s advantage had stretched to five.

Koepka kept the pressure on with gains at the 11th, 13th, 15th and 17th holes. But Rose was able to respond, and he made birdies of his own at the 11th and the 15th. Rose reached 18 with a three-stroke lead and a bogey on the home hole only meant that he failed to match Zach Johnson’s tournament scoring record of 259.

Justin Rose has climbed to third on the Official World Golf Ranking

Justin Rose has climbed to third on the Official World Golf Ranking

Rose won for a ninth time on the PGA Tour and became the fifth player to win multiple events on the 2018 circuit. He is up to third place on the Official World Golf Ranking. Rose has now won professional events at an impressive list of classic golf courses including: Muirfield Village, Royal Aberdeen, Valderrama, Congressional and Merion. The victory goes a long way to vindicating his decision to play in this event rather than the BMW PGA Championship.

“The way I won I think is very fitting for a place that’s called Hogan’s Alley,” Rose said. “I couldn’t have dreamt a better way really. If I begin to look at the courses I’ve won at, this definitely strengthens that group even more. I’m very happy my game has turned up and I’ve been inspired by some of these great venues.”

Brooks Koepka closed with a superb 63 but couldn’t get past the excellence of Rose.

“I always seem to run into a buzz saw,” said Koepka, who also finished runner-up to Rose at this season’s World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. “He played so well,” Koepka said. “It was impressive to watch.”

Kevin Na fired a course-record equalling 61 to tear up the leaderboard into fourth place. He also played brilliantly in round one with a 62 but that form deserted him rounds two and three, when he scored 73 and 70.

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“I played amazingly today,” he said. “Round 1 and today, felt like it was Groundhog Day.”

Latin America Amateur Champion Joaquin Niemann, now turned professional, put in a strong display to finish tied 8th. He was also tied 6th on his pro debut in the Valero Texas Open.

Joaquin Niemann finished tied for 8th

Joaquin Niemann finished tied for 8th

Fort Worth Invitational Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas 24-27 May Purse: $7,100,000 Par: 70

1 Justin Rose (Eng) 66 64 66 64 260 $1,278,000 2 Brooks Koepka (USA) 70 63 67 63 263 $766,800 3 Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 64 67 69 64 264 $482,800 4 Kevin Na (USA) 62 73 70 61 266 $340,800 T5 Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 67 71 64 68 270 $259,150 T5 Jon Rahm (Esp) 68 70 64 68 270 $259,150 T5 Kevin Tway (USA) 66 69 68 67 270 $259,150 T8 Corey Conners (Can) 71 68 63 69 271 $205,900 T8 Ben Crane (USA) 66 69 68 68 271 $205,900 T8 Joaquin Niemann (Chi) 68 72 65 66 271 $205,900

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Fergus Bisset
Fergus Bisset

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