Tracker: Justin Rose wins Quicken Loans in playoff
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Justin Rose defeated Shawn Stefani on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff on Sunday at the Quicken Loans National, picking up par on the par-4 18th to secure his sixth PGA Tour title of his career.
Stefani was seeking to become the 10th first-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, but instead will take solace in his Open Championship invitation for the second-place finish.
Here's how it all unfolded at Congressional on Sunday:
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Update #19: 6:46 p.m. EDT
Here is a shot-by-shot breakdown of the playoff between Justin Rose and Shawn Stefani:
OFF THE TEE: Shawn Stefani misses the 18th fairway to the left and Rose finds the left side of the fairway.
APPROACH SHOTS: Justin Rose uses wedge into the middle of the green, rolling out to the right edge. Stefani has to play a low, hooking shot out of the trees and finds the water on the left.
AROUND THE GREEN: After taking a drop, Stefani hits his fourth shot to about 12 feet right of the cup.
ON THE GREEN: Rose's birdie attempt slides by on the right, stopping about a foot from the hole. He holes it for the win.
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Update #18: 6:14 p.m. EDT
Shawn Stefani two-putts for par on No. 18 and gets into the clubhouse at 4 under, tied with Justin Rose for the lead. There are four players left on the course, so a playoff will not start immediately.
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Update #17: 6:03 p.m. EDT
Justin Rose makes a 15-footer for bogey on the 18th after hitting the water with his approach, and remains tied for the lead with Shawn Stefani, who misses a 6-footer for par on 17.
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Update #16: 5:45 p.m. EDT
Justin Rose recovers from a poor tee ball at the 17th hole, getting up and down from about 50 yards in front of the green and stays at 5 under.
He finds himself tied for the lead with Shawn Stefani, who makes an 18-footer for birdie on No. 16.
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Update #15: 5:33 p.m. EDT
Justin Rose nearly makes a 40-footer for birdie on the par-5 16th, hitting the right side of the cup and sliding 14 inches past. He knocks that in for par to stay at 5 under, one shot clear of Shawn Stefani.
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Update #14: 5:11 p.m. EDT
Justin Rose misses a 20-footer for birdie on No. 15, but taps in for par to remain at 5 under and one clear of Brendan Steele and Shawn Stefani.
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Update #13: 5:06 p.m. EDT
Patrick Reed is falling back quickly, picking up his third double bogey of the day and second in a row, narrowly missing a bogey putt from 25 feet at No. 11. Reed is now 2 under and three back of Justin Rose.
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Update #12: 4:53 p.m. EDT
And a new name is atop the Quicken Loans National leaderboard: Justin Rose.
Patrick Reed finds the water in front of the 10th green and then hits a poor third shot from the drop area into the greenside rough. He does scramble to record a double bogey, but now trails Rose by one and is in a three-way tie for second.
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Update #11: 4:39 p.m. EDT
Patrick Reed finds the fairway at the par-5 ninth, but his second shot finds rough and he has to scramble in for par, making a 6-footer to stay at 6 under, one shot clear of Justin Rose.
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Update #10: 4:25 p.m. EDT
2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose is applying some pressure to Patrick Reed, making a 5-footer for birdie on No. 11 to move to 5 under, just one off Reed's lead. Rose is nearly three holes ahead of Reed.
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Update #9: 4:21 p.m. EDT
Patrick Reed continues to ride his final-round rollercoaster, picking up a birdie on the par-4 eighth hole to regain the two-shot advantage he started the day with.
Seung-Yul Noh follows his birdie on 7 with a ill-timed bogey on 8 to fall into a share of second with Justin Rose and Shawn Stefani.
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Update #8: 4:05 p.m. EDT
Seung-Yul Noh picks up his second birdie of the round at the par-4 seventh to move into a tie for the lead with Patrick Reed, who records his first par of the day.
Shawn Stefani and Justin Rose trail by one.
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Update #7: 3:56 p.m. EDT
Patrick Reed still has yet to record a par today, as he picks up his third birdie of the day at the par-5 sixth to regain the lead. Reed has two bogeys and a double bogey to go with the birdies.
Meanwhile, Justin Rose birdies the par-5 ninth hole and is now just one shot off the lead.
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Update #6: 3:49 p.m. EDT
There's a bit of carnage going on at Congressional.
Brendon Todd starts his back nine by find the water in front of the green at the par-3 10th, leading to a double bogey and he is now one shot off the lead, which is 4 under.
Marc Leishman dropped a shot at the par-4 seventh to drop into the five-way tie for the lead at 4 under, which includes Patrick Reed, Shawn Stefani, Seung Yul Noh and Brendan Steele.
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Update #5: 3:38 p.m. EDT
Patrick Reed is scuffling a bit, picking up a second consecutive bogey, the last on the par-4 fifth hole after missing an 11-footer to save par and he is now one shot off the lead.
Brendan Steele is also one back after four birdies over his last five holes on his outgoing nine.
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Update #4: 3:22 p.m. EDT
Patrick Reed has yet to record a simple par today, posting a bogey on No. 4 to fall back into a three-way tie for the lead.
Brendon Todd birdied the par-4 eighth hole to move to 5 under, while Marc Leishman posted a 3 on the par-4 fifth hole to move into red figures on his final round.
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Update #3: 3:06 p.m. EDT
That's one way to respond.
Patrick Reed hits his approach shot at the par-4 third hole to 2 feet and taps in for a second birdie in three holes, moving to 6 under and two clear of the field again.
Brendon Todd has joined Marc Leishman at 4 under, picking up a birdie at the par-3 seventh hole to move to 2 under on his round.
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Update #2: 2:56 p.m. EDT
Patrick Reed misses the green at the par-3 second hole well to the left, and his second shot isn't much better, leaving himself nearly 50 feet to save par. Reed follows with a three-putt and that leaves the overnight leader with a double bogey.
Reed now leads by one after Marc Leishman bogeys the third hole.
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Update #1: 2:38 p.m. EDT
Well, you couldn't start much better than that, as Patrick Reed regains a two-shot lead with a 11-foot birdie make on No. 1 after Marc Leishman also opened with a birdie to move to 5 under.
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Patrick Reed is back. OK, so he's not top 5 in the world, but he's focused again after the birth of his first child and is in position to capture his fourth PGA Tour victory in the last calendar year.
Peter Hanson made the first hole-in-one of his PGA Tour career Saturday at the Quicken Loans National, winning a fan a year's worth of mortgage payments in the process.
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Tiger Woods was encouraged despite missing the cut at the Quicken Loans National in his PGA Tour return. But he didn't show he's ready to contend any day soon, writes Jeff Rude.
After missing the cut in his pro debut at last week's Travelers Championship, Oliver Goss understandably didn't have big expectations for his second pro start, at the Quicken Loans National. Those expectations have been raised now that Goss finds himself tied atop the leaderboard at Congressional.
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You know rhythm and blues. This was blues, then rhythm for Tiger Woods. Predictably rusty in his first competitive round since March 9, he bogeyed seven of his first 12 holes, mainly because of an inferior short game, and then birdied three of his last six, thanks to three short-iron approach shots within 4 feet. That added up to a 3-over-par 74 in the Quicken Loans National first round and the sense he played better than he scored. “I made so many little mistakes,” Woods said.
Erik Compton finished his Quicken Loans National first round with four consecutive birdies. That meant two things. One, it completed a 68 that put him two strokes off the lead. Two, it left him thinking of an evening restaurant. "Dinner,” he said, “will taste great.” Compton missed the cut last week at the Travelers Championship, five days after he tied for second at the U.S. Open. He said his putter somehow got bent between the Open and the Travelers. But he sorted that out when playing in the CVS Charity Classic early this week.
Greg Chalmers finished with three straight birdies for a 66 and a one-shot lead over Ricky Barnes and Freddie Jacobson after Thursday's first round of the Quicken Loans National. Defending champion Bill Haas, Patrick Reed, U.S. Open runner-up Erik Compton and Tyrone Van Aswegen shot 68. On a day when only 26 players in the 120-man field broke par at Congressional, Chalmers found the lead at 5 under. "I didn't think it was easy at all," Chalmers said.
After missing more than three months of play because of a back injury, Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour this morning to shoot 3-over 74 in the first round of the Quicken Loans National. Two days after saying he doesn't feel "explosive" yet, Woods got off to a slow start. He was 6 over through 12 holes, but made three birdies coming in and is eight shots off of Greg Chalmers leads after Round 1. Here's how it all unfolded.
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Tournament preview, Tour news
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