Published On: Tue, Jul 1st, 2014

Justin Rose wins the $6.5 million Quicken Loans National in the PGA Tour

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Nothing is more relaxing than a game of golf and as this year Justin Rose emerged to be the last man standing to win the $6.5 million Quicken Loans National at the first extra hole in a playoff at Congressional Country Club in Maryland, U.S. Britain’s Rose holed in a a 15-foot bogey putt at the final regulation hole before parring it a few minutes later to edge unheralded American Shawn Stefani.

Rose and Stefani each shot 70 to finish regulation at four-under-par 280 on a course that played much tougher than when it hosted the U.S. Open three years ago, due to firm and fast conditions and plenty of lush rough.”I think Congressional got its reputation back after the U.S. Open,” Rose, whose 72-hole score was 12 strokes higher than Rory McIlroy carded to win the Open, told CBS television. Rose, 33, collected $1.170 million for his sixth PGA Tour victory. He had previously won six times internationally.”It’s great to win on a course like this because you can’t luck into it,” said the 2013 U.S. Open champion.”I had to rely on different parts of my game all week. I was really pleased to see the PGA Tour set it up tough. It was fair but you had to play good strategic golf. It hasn’t been lost on me that I haven’t won for a year. It’s a huge boost confidence-wise for sure going into a major championship.”

Rose stumbled at the end of regulation. He sank an eight-foot putt to save par at the 17th hole and then got up-and-down from 30 yards for bogey at the par-four 18th after pulling his second shot from the rough into the pond guarding the left side of the green. But Stefani, ranked 246th in the world, found the same watery grave in the playoff and could not do better than double bogey, handing Rose the tournament.

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Justin Rose wins the $6.5 million Quicken Loans National in the PGA Tour