Justin Rose won the second title of his professional career at the Nashua Masters in South Africa yesterday. Joint leader with four other players overnight, the 21-year-old broke out of the pack with a final round 68 to add to the Alfred Dunhill Championship he won in Johannesburg three weeks ago.
Rose, who was born in South Africa before moving to England at the age of five, finished with a 15-under-par total of 265 at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club. He was one ahead of the South African Titch Moore with Andre Cruse, who shot a 63, a further stroke back.
Rose's triumph on this Sunshine Tour event came in a field with fewer established players than in the Dunhill, but he said: "A win is a win, no matter what tour it's on. This is one of the top five tours in the world, and this was also a different kind of victory for me."
Rose secured the title with 18 holes of composed, relaxed golf that saw him four clear on the front nine, and then forced to stave off Moore's challenge on the back nine. Scotland's Scott Drummond carded four bogeys on the back nine for a 73, leaving him five shots behind Rose.
In Sydney, Sweden's Richard Johnson, given the nickname of "The Whippet" during the week, won his first European tour title. The 25-year-old became nearly £120,000 richer with a two-point victory in the ANZ Championship at The Lakes. Under the modified stableford format his closing five under par 68 translated to 11 points and a 72-hole total of 46. He was 19 under for the week.
"When I holed my last putt it felt like my life changed," said Johnson, ranked 369th in the world at the start of the year. The Australians Craig Parry and Scott Laycock tied for second, overnight leader Andre Stolz fourth and the Scot Stephen Gallacher fifth.
In La Jolla, California, John Daly carded a four-under-par 68 in the third round of the Buick Invitational leaving him one shot behind the co-leaders Jerry Kelly, JL Lewis and Mark O'Meara. Daly has a three-round total of nine-under 207 as he chases his first victory since the 1995 Open Championship.
Tiger Woods, who barely made the cut after shooting a 77 on Friday, rebounded to card a three-under 69 on Saturday. He climbed from a tie for 69th to a tie for 20th but is still six shots off the pace and will need a low score on Sunday to have a chance of his first win of the year. There is guaranteed to be a new winner at the Buick Invitational as two-time defending champion Phil Mickelson missed the cut.Reuse content