Rose Smells Sweetest with Scottish Open Crown
Justin Rose just kept coming and coming until there was no one left in his way for a Scottish Open title.
Now he’ll try to continue the charge straight into next week’s British Open.
The 2013 US Open champion fired a final-round 65 to take the title at the Royal Aberdeen course by two strokes over Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg.
Finishing at 16-under par, Rose was the only golfer in the field to shoot under 70 in all four rounds, and the only one to shoot progressively better from one day to the next as he tallied a 69-68-66-65 – 268 to win €627,020.
While he didn’t get the title, Broberg might have been the bigger winner overall. The Swede qualified for the Open with the victory, and took a giant leap forward into the Race to Dubai standings he had been 61st to start the week.
Not bad for a guy ranked 304th in the world.
Rose took control of the final round with five birdies on the front nine. He only managed one more after the turn, but never had a bogey, and only had five bogeys for the entire tournament- three of those coming on Day One.
Rose started the day tied with Marc Warren at 10-under, with Broberg one stroke back. He took the led from Warren for good with a birdie on No. 2, and hit the turn with a 3-stroke lead over Broberg and four strokes over Warren, who finished third at 11-under after shooting a 1-under 70.
Broberg basically lost any chance he had of catching Rose when he bogeyed No. 11 to drop five strokes behind with seven to play, but he still hit birdies on 14 and 17 to make things a tad more interesting.
Warren’s fellow Scottie Stephen Gallacher had the low round of the final day, an 8-under 63 that allowed him to sneak up into a tie for fourth with Italy’s Matteo Manassero and Ireland’s Shane Lowry.
American Rickie Fowler closed his round with a 65 to climb into a tie for 8th at 9-under. Also shooting a 65 was American Phil Mickelson, the champion here a year ago.
Other than a 2-over 73 on Friday, Mickelson had a very strong tournament, tying for 11th at 8-under. Mickelson was 6-under through 12 holes, with a trio of consecutive birdies to start the back nine before cooling off a bit down the stretch.
Rory McIlroy, shot a 64 on Day One and a 78 on Day Two, ended up tying for 14th at 7-under with a Sunday 67.