Emotional Rose beats Scott at Torrey Pines

Justin Rose has earned a two-shot win from Australian Adam Scott at the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open.

28-Jan-2019 By Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press
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World No.1 Justin Rose looked into the camera on the 18th green at Torrey Pines and dedicated his emotional US PGA Tour victory to caddie Mark Fulcher, who is recovering from heart surgery.

Without his caddie of more than 11 years, Rose held off Adam Scott to claim a two-shot win from the Australian at Torrey Pines in California.

Rose said Fulcher, who underwent a heart valve replacement two weeks ago, was in his thoughts as he captured his 10th PGA Tour title - the most by any Englishman since 1945.

Fulcher and Rose teamed up to win the 2013 US Open, the 2016 Olympic gold medal and two World Golf Championships events amid rich form which has taken Rose to the top of world golf.

"Fooch, that was for you, mate," Rose said.

"I'ts been an emotional week; I'm sure watching all weekend was harder than the heart surgery. I love you, and we'll see you soon."

Rose closed with a three-under-par 69 to finish at 21-under, while Scott birdied the last four holes for a 68.

Rose's score of 267 marked the lowest winning 72-hole total at the event since Torrey Pines' South course was re-designed in 2001, eclipsing the 19-under Tiger Woods posted when he claimed the 2008 edition.

The score is remarkable given three of the four rounds are played on the South course, which last season ranked eighth-hardest on the PGA Tour.

Known for its thick rough and fast greens, Torrey Pines hosted the 2008 US Open which Woods won for his 14th major.

"I always pride myself on the golf courses I've been able to win on, and this one is another great course with a lot of history," Rose said.

Rose's $US1.28 million victory took him past $US50 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour, in sixth place on the alltime list, while Scott also achieved that milestone and is seventh after collecting $US766,800.

In the past 14 months, Rose's incredible purple patch includes six victories, 10 other top-five finishes and a total of 21 top-10s.

Meanwhile, Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama (67) and Talor Gooch (68) tied third at 16 under, while Australia's defending champion Jason Day (67) shared fifth alongside Rory McIlroy (69) and 2017 champion Jon Rahm (72) at 14 under.

Woods, an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines, closed with a 67 to tie for 20th at 10 under.

It was Woods' first PGA Tour event of the year and first official tournament since winning the Tour Championship in September.

"I got a little bit sharper each day and my rounds got a little bit cleaner, I made less mistakes," said Woods.


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