With a 3-Stroke Lead at Torrey Pines, Justin Rose Shows Why He’s No. 1

SAN DIEGO — Though Tiger Woods grabbed a lot of the headlines at the Tour Championship in September, with a victory that ended his five-year drought, it was Justin Rose who left the event — the finale of the FedEx Cup playoffs — with a $10 million bonus for profitable the season-long components race.

Rose moreover moved to No. 1 on the earth that weekend in Atlanta, passing Dustin Johnson.

Over the last few days at the Farmers Insurance Open, his second PGA Tour event in 2019, Rose has demonstrated why, after shopping for and promoting the best score a variety of situations with Johnson and Brooks Koepka, he acquired right here into this occasion at No. 1.

Despite two double bogeys and a closing bogey all through Saturday’s third spherical, Rose shot a three-under-par 69 on the South Course at Torrey Pines to maintain up a three-shot lead heading into Sunday’s remaining spherical. His 54-hole full of 18-under 198 tied a occasion file, as had his 36-hole full of 15 beneath.

Rose’s nearest pursuers have been the 2013 Masters champion, Adam Scott (15 beneath), whose seven-under 65 was the low spherical of the day, and the world No. 7, Jon Rahm (14 beneath after a 68), the 2017 champion at this occasion.

Woods, 43, struggled alongside along with his iron play on Saturday and needed three birdies in his last 5 holes to salvage a one-under 71 for the day. At 5 beneath for the occasion, his first rivals of the season, Woods remained in a tie for 48th.

Rose, 38, attributes his surge on the earth rankings to improved inserting over the last 12 months. In 2018, he acquired the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial, tied for second throughout the British Open at Carnoustie and had two second-place finishes throughout the FedEx Cup playoffs: at the Dell Technologies Championship near Boston and the BMW Championship near Philadelphia, the place he misplaced in a playoff. He has acquired 5 situations all around the world since October 2017.

“My game’s just gotten better all around,” Rose said. “I think I worked on my weaknesses the last couple years, and the putting’s been better, which I think is ultimately producing more top 10s and more wins. My ball-striking, I’ve always regarded as a strength of mine. It’s always been pretty much decent enough for me to contend week in and week out.”

Through three rounds at Torrey, Rose has made 20 birdies and two eagles, and he ranks second in inserting on greens hit in regulation. He moreover ranks second for greens hit in regulation at 44 of 54, or 81 %.

Rose led by as many as six footage after a birdie on the par-5 13th hole, the place he narrowly missed his second eagle of the day, then gave two footage once more when he pulled his 7-iron methodology into the hazard left of the 14th inexperienced on the way in which by which to a double-bogey 6. He had already made a double-bogey 6 on the 488-yard, par-4 fourth hole, the place he moreover pulled his methodology shot into a hazard left of the inexperienced.

On the par-5 18th, he debated whether or not or to not put up alongside along with his second shot sooner than hitting a 3-wood into the greenside water hazard, which led to a bogey 6. Those errors have been offset by six birdies and an eagle on the 615-yard, par-5 No. 9, the place he reached the inexperienced with a 285-yard 3-wood and rolled in an 18-foot putt.

“I made a couple of mental errors, trying to force it too far out of a bunker on No. 4, and then 18 was similar,” Rose said. “Hindsight’s wonderful. But I’m really more pleased with how I responded to those occasions and rebuilt the round going forward.”

Woods’s mentioned hope of getting a “special weekend” and having fun with himself into competitors at one among his favorite applications evaporated shortly all through his early-morning spherical. He did not make a birdie until No. 17, his eighth hole, and made birdies on Nos. 5, 8 and 9 on his inward 9 to offset bogeys on No. 1, the place, with a pitching wedge, he hit into a greenside bunker, and on No. 3, the place he three-putted from 28 toes.

“I finally drove it good and didn’t hit my irons very close,” Woods said. “And again, I had a bunch of close calls on putts that just didn’t go in. I’d like to do something positive. If I can get to double digits under par, that would be a nice way to end the week.”

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