Rose Rides to Victory in BMW Championship


Starting the final round of the BMW Championship with a four-stroke lead, Justin Rose hung on Sunday to get the win in the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He earned $1.35 million.

The 31-year-old from England shot even-par 71 on the Dubsdread course at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Ill., to finish at 13-under 271, two strokes clear of Australian John Senden (70) and three clear of another Aussie, Geoff Ogilvy.

After a bogey on the par-5 15th, Rose's lead had shrunk to one shot over Senden. On the 17th, however, Rose's path to his third career victory on the PGA Tour was cleared when he chipped in from off the front of the green for a birdie. Both he and playing partner Senden parred the closing hole for the final margin.

Rose has had problems taking advantage of his position heading into final rounds; Sunday was just his second time in eight attempts that he's won a tournament after holding a 54-hole lead. "I've had my ups and my downs," he said during a greenside interview. "The learning curve is steep sometimes.

"It was hard today. I was grinding. I'm pretty proud of my two swings coming down the stretch." Of his crucial chip-in on 17, Rose added, "That was just a time when you had to commit to the club and make the shot."

World No. 1 Luke Donald carded a 68 to finish alone in fourth at 276, while Webb Simpson, the leader in the FedEx Cup points' standings before and after the BMW Championship, ended up in fifth at 277 following a 71 Sunday.

Camilo Villegas (66) and Jason Dufner (68) shared sixth at 278, while right behind at 279 was Chez Reavie, who carded his third straight 70.

Right behind Simpson in the standings are Dustin Johnson, who won the Barclays - the first event in the FedEx Cup Playoffs - in late August, and Rose.

Ogilvy made a big move up the points' standings to earn a spot in the Tour Championship, which starts Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Only the top-30 players following the BMW Championship qualify for that season-ending event, and are thus eligible for the $10 million bonus that goes for the overall FedEx Cup points' leader.

Ogilvy began the week 69th but moved up to 24th off his high Sunday finish. On the other side of the spectrum is Villegas, who just missed qualifying, finishing 33rd. Also heading home are 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and reigning FedEx Cup champion Jim Furyk.

For the updated points standings, visit http://www.pgatour.com/r/stats/current/02394_projections-1.html.

For complete scoring of the BMW Championship, visit http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboards/current/r028/.


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