Rose rides triple-bogey blip to take gold jacket
Monday 27 November 2006
Justin Rose said he had to ride "a roller-coaster" to secure his first European Tour win in four years at the Australian Masters. The Briton hit a final-round one-over 73 to be 12-under-par overall. He had to hold off a throng of Australians, including the amateur Aaron Pike.
A triple-bogey at the par-five seventh threatened Rose's hopes, but the world No 69 bounced back to don the gold jacket the winner of the event receives.
"It was a roller-coaster. I was really pleased, though that my emotions didn't roller-coaster," said Rose, who is now fifth on the European Tour Order of Merit. "I stayed very calm. Even when I made triple on the seventh I said, 'Well, you're tied for the lead, game on', and it was awesome to bounce back with a birdie on the eighth. It was a really tough golf course today."
Richard Green, the 2004 champion, hit a 69 to finish on 10-under, equal-second with Greg Chalmers, who sunk a long birdie putt on the last for a round of 73.
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