Justin Rose celebrates after winning the Quicken Loans National at Congressional
Bethesda, Maryland - With the Open Championship just 18 days away at Royal
Liverpool, Justin Rose looks to be right on form. On a venue that resembled a U.S
Open rather than your standard PGA Tour event, Rose outlasted the field at
Congressional. The 2013 U.S Open champion (Merion) once again showed his
mettle, after converting a clutch par save on the 17th, he made a big time 15
foot putt for bogey on the 72nd hole to reach a playoff with Shawn Stefani
(Both Rose and Stefani shot 70 Sunday to finish regulation at 4 under par).
On the first extra hole, Rose managed par, while Stefani rinsed his approach -
game over. The win was Rose's sixth PGA Tour win, and now with wins on many
of the toughest courses (Merion, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Congressional, and Muirfield
Village), Rose is primed to contend at Hoylake.
"I like this type of test," Rose said. "... This week you're going to miss greens,
you're going to be challenged, you're going to have to grind and you're going to
have to do everything at some point this week, and that's the type of golf I like,
that tests all your skill sets. That's normally what major championships do."
"It's a huge boost confidence-wise, yeah, for sure, because I've been semi-in
contention this year ... I haven't really been playing with a lead all year. To do
it and get it done and make key putts, that's huge for my psyche going into a major
"And obviously for the rest of the year, gives me a nice boost: A nice boost into
the FedExCup as the Playoffs are upon us, nice boost Ryder Cup points, probably
takes that off my mind. So yeah, it's a really nice time of year to have a victory
and allows me to focus on exciting challenges now ahead."
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Bernhard Langer poses with the Senior Players trophy
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Bernhard Langer gave away a four shot lead in regulation,
but he righted the ship just enough to make birdie on the second extra hole to edge
out Jeff Sluman in the playoff to capture the Constellation Senior Players
Championship at Fox Chapel. Both Sluman and Langer (70) finished regulation at -15.
Sluman shot a bogey free 65 on Sunday, but it was Langer's birdie on the 18th hole
in the playoff that won it for the 56 year old German. The win was Langer's first
major since the 2010 Senior British Open. Kenny Perry hoping to challenge Sunday
and repeat as Champion, faltered shooting 38 on the incoming nine for a 1 under par
69 (finishing 4th at -13).
Langer was excited to have earned a spot in Ponte Vedra for next years Players at
TPC Sawgrass, where fellow German Martin Kaymer will be the defending champion,
"He will defend and I will try to make his life a bit difficult."
Langer with 2,362 points has a commanding lead over Jay Haas (1,479 points) in the
race for the Charles Schwab Cup
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