Rose Claims Masters Crown


Justin Rose survived a drama-filled final day to win the co-sanctioned $1.5 million MasterCard Masters at Huntingdale on Sunday, the Englishman’s first tournament victory in four years.

Rose signed for a final-round 73 to be 12-under overall and claim the $270,000 first prize, but he had to deal with making a disastrous triple-bogey at the par-five seventh and hold off a stern last-round challenge from a pack of Australians, including tournament surprise-packet Aaron Pike.

But Rose – who had earlier climbed to 14-under after picking up a shot on the sixth – answered Pike’s eagle with birdies on the 555-metre par-five 14th and par-four 16th, and despite bogeying 15, held on for his first European Tour victory since the 2002 British Masters.

"It was a roller-coaster. I was really pleased though that my emotions didn’t roller-coaster," said Rose, who now jumps to fifth on the European Tour order of merit.

"I stayed very calm, even when I made triple on the seventh I said ‘well you are tied for the lead, game on’… and it was awesome to bounce back with a birdie on the eighth."

"It was a really tough golf course today."


Staff Writer


November 26, 2006