Tied for the lead as he played the 18th hole at Congressional, Rose tried to hit through two trees left of the fairway and overturned the shot. It ran down a bank and into the water, and he had to hole a 15-foot bogey putt just to stay in the game.
Behind him, Stefani made bogey on the 17th and narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 18th to set up the first playoff in the eight-year history of this event.
And then it was Stefani who essentially repeated Rose's mistake on the first extra hole at No. 18.
After taking a drop because the grandstands blocked his view of the green, he wanted to play his low punch to the right side of the green. His shot also had too much turn and bounded into the water. Rose hit the middle of the green from the fairway and two-putted for par. Stefani made double bogey.
It was Rose's first win since the U.S. Open last summer at Merion, and it felt like he won another U.S. Open as tough as Congressional played. With putting surfaces that had a brown tinge to them, and thick rough all week, it was a far stronger test than when the Open was held in soggy conditions in 2011.
Rose and Stefani each closed with a 1-under 70 — only six players broke par in the final round — and finished at 4-under 280. It was only the second time this year that the winning score was higher than the 36-hole lead (6 under). That also happened at Torrey Pines, which also hosted a U.S. Open.
The top-ranked Lewis, the Texan who played at the nearby
Lewis birdied three of her final holes for her third
SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Langer appeared to be in trouble when his second shot on the par-5 18th ended up in the rough short of the green. He hit a brilliant pitch to 5 feet and made the putt after Sluman's birdie attempt rolled just wide.
The victory was the 56-year-old Langer's third of the year and his third major title on the Champions Tour. The two-time Masters champion shot an even-par 70 to finish at 15-under 265 at
Sluman had a bogey-free 65 to match Langer, but narrowly missed a birdie putt on the first playoff hole that would have won it.
BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN
Zanotti won when Stenson conceded after failing to hole a bunker shot.
Zanotti closed with a 7-under 65 to match Havret (66), Stenson (67) and Cabrera-Bello (67) at 19-under 269 on the Gut Laerchenhof course.
UNITED LEASING CHAMPIONSHIP
The 43-year-old Owen, the winner of the European Tour's 2003 British Masters, had a 9-under 279 total at Victoria National and earned
Playing more than an hour ahead of the final groups, Owen opened with a triple bogey, birdied Nos. 6 and 7, and played the first eight holes on the back nine in 7 under — making five birdies and an eagle — before closing with a bogey.
ISLAND RESORT CHAMPIONSHIP
The 26-year-old Aronsson, from
Parks finished with a 75.
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