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Rose heists WGC-HSBC by two

Monday, October 30, 2017


WGC-HSBC Champions

Shanghai, China

 

 

Beginning the final round eight shots back, Justin Rose fired a day-tying-low 5-under-par 36-31=67 on Sunday at Sheshan International Golf Club to win the WGC-HSBC Champions by two shots over first-round leader Brooks Koepka (71), Henrik Stenson (70), and second- and third-round leader Dustin Johnson, who stumbled to a birdie-less 77.

 

The 37-year-old, a pre-tourney 20/1 outright, bags his eighth PGA TOUR title in 306 career events (305 pro).

 

This was his first start of the 2017-18 season and along with Stenson, are heading to the Turkish Airlines Open, the sixth Rolex Series event of the year on the European Tour. Stenson, Koepka and Johnson were also making their first starts of the season.

 

Rose claims his second WGC title in 40 tries, joining the 2012 Cadillac Championship (Doral) – now known as the Mexico Championship – where he came from three back with 2-under 70 to win by one.

 

Overall, this is his fifth come-from-behind win on TOUR, first since the 2014 Quicken Loans, where he came from three back with 1-under 70, eventually winning in a playoff.

 

Rafa Cabrera Bello (72), TOUR rookie Peter Uihlein (72), and Kyle Stanley (72), shared 5th place, six adrift.

 

 

Final Leaderboard:

 

1- Justin Rose (-14) 67-68-72-67= 274

T2- Henrik Stenson (-12) 68-69-69-70= 276

T2- Brooks Koepka (-12) 64-68-73-71= 276

T2- Dustin Johnson (-12) 68-63-68-77= 276

T5- Rafa Cabrera Bello (-8) 68-70-70-72= 280

T5- Peter Uihlein (-8) 72-67-69-72= 280

T5- Kyle Stanley (-8) 71-68-69-72= 280

 

 

Rose collects 550 FedExCup (FEC) points for the victory and leapfrogs 124 spots to 3rd in the FEC standings, 77 points behind leader Perez, who held the top spot for a second week in a row with a T24. Dating to last season, Perez now has six consecutive top-25 finishes, and has opened this season: T24-T5-1.

 

 

 

Updated Top 10 in FEC standings (points):

 

 

1. Pat Perez (627)

2. Brendan Steele (556)

3. Justin Rose (550); UP 124

4. Justin Thomas (548); DOWN one

5. Tony Finau (401); DOWN one

6. Chesson Hadley (328); UP 18

7. Marc Leishman (318); DOWN one

8. Keegan Bradley (309); DOWN three

9. Ryan Armour (300); UP 131, career high

10. Cameron Smith (295); DOWN three

 

NOTE: Cabrera Bello (238), jumped seven spots to a career-high 11th

 

 

 

Of the 78 players at the WGC, there were 10 previous WGC winners, including Rose. It’s his 11th career top 10 in 40 WGC’s, first since T3 at the 2015 Bridgestone nine starts ago.

 

 

8

 

Rose’s 8 TOUR wins:

 

 

2018: WGC-HSBC (come from behind, 8-shot deficit)

Shot: 5-under 67

Winning Margin: 2 shots

Career Start: 306 (305 pro)

Starts Between Wins: 49

 

2015: Zurich Classic (54-hole co-leader)

Shot: 6-under 66

Winning Margin: 1 shot

Career Start: 257

Starts Between Wins: 14

 

2014: Quicken Loans (come from behind, 3-shot deficit)

Shot: 1-under 70

Winning Margin: PLAYOFF

Career Start: 243

Starts Between Wins: 21

 

2013: U.S. Open (come from behind, 2-shot deficit)

Shot: even-par 70

Winning Margin: 2 shots

Career Start: 222

Start Between Wins: 23

 

2012: WGC-Cadillac (Doral) (come from behind, 3-shot deficit)

Shot: 2-under 70

Winning Margin: 1 shot

Career Start: 199

Starts Between Wins: 7

 

2011: BMW Championship (54-hole leader by 4)

Shot: even-par 71

Winning Margin: 2 shots

Career Start: 192

Starts Between Wins: 28

 

2010: AT&T National (54-hole leader by 4)

Shot: even-par 70

Winning Margin: 1 shot

Career Start: 164

Starts Between Wins: 2

 

2010: Memorial (come from behind, 4-shot deficit)

Shot: 6-under 66

Winning Margin: 3 shots

Career Start: 162 (7th season on TOUR)

 

 

In 18 starts last season, Rose didn’t win, but finished runner-up three times among eight top-10 finishes. He finished 9th in the FEC standings, qualifying for the TOUR Championship for the eighth time in 10 tries. Rose posted top-10 finishes in ALL FOUR Playoffs events (T10-T2-T10-T10), one of three players to do that last season, joining Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth.  

 

 

Rose’s 2016-17 Season:

 

18 starts

15 made cuts

3 missed cuts

 

10 top 25s

8 top 10s

5 top 5s

0 wins

FEC Rank: 9th  

 

 

 

Field Scoring Average:

 

 

This was the 13th playing of HSBC, ninth as a WGC and fifth as an official TOUR event. It was the eighth overall playing at Sheshan Int’l GC and fifth straight:

 

 

7,261 yards; par 72 (36-36)

 

 

R1: 70.744

R2: 72.256

R3: 72.727

R4: 73.442

 

Total: 72.287

 

Rose: 67-68-72-67

 

 

NOTE: No strokes gained stats at HSBC but Rose’s R4 67 beat the field average in R4 by 6.442 strokes.

 

 

33

Players comprised the final 11 groups in R4 (their average score: 73.60)

Two of those 33 players broke 70: Rose and Jason Day (68)

 

 

 

Rose’s Position by Round:

 

R1: T6  

R2: T3  

R3: T4

 

 

 

How Rose Won on Sunday:

 

 

After kicking off in 67-68-72, he began T4 on 9-under, eight back of 36- and 54-hole leader Johnson. He was just two shy of 2nd place however, (Koepka), and by his own admission, was “playing for second”.

 

Out of the penultimate threesome, the Englishman got off to a good start, circling holes 2 and 3. He was still 2-under for the day after trading bogey-4 at 6 with birdie-3 at 7, but then squared back-to-back bogeys at 8 and 9 to turn level.

 

Johnson dropped two on the front nine, opening bogey-bogey, and still led Rose by six with nine holes remaining.

 

Rose circled 11, 13, 14 and canned a lengthy par save at 15, while Johnson squared 12 and 15. Rose first touched the lead after his seventh birdie of the day at 16, a tidy up-and-down version from a greenside bunker at the drivable par 4, now co-leading with Johnson.

 

Johnson, one group behind, would square the 16th and Rose sealed the deal with a gem to the 187-yard par-3 17th for a kick-in 2.

 

Koepka was firmly in the hunt until double bogey-6 at 15, taking four to get down from a plugged lie in a greenside bunker, while Stenson’s title hopes were dashed with a late bogey at 17, finishing T2 for a second straight year.

 

 

Inward Nine Scores:

 

Rose: blemish-free 31

Stenson: 36

Koepka: 34

Johnson: 39

 

 

Rose won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics (as 54-hole leader) 63 weeks ago and won the 2015 Hong Kong Open 105 weeks ago on the European/Asian Tour, but this is his first TOUR win in 2.5 years (131 weeks), last hoisting a trophy at the 2015 Zurich Classic (as 54-hole co-leader) 49 TOUR starts ago.

 

Overall, this is his fifth come-from-behind victory and his largest, previously four back in his maiden TOUR win at the 2010 Memorial in his 162nd career start and seventh season on TOUR.

 

The eight-shot come-from-behind win is T3 all time with eight other players, most recently accomplished by Stanley at the 2012 WM Phoenix Open.

 

This was The Bahamas resident’s fifth HSBC (third official), posting a T48 on last visit in 2015 (72-71-76-74), and solo 5th in 2014 (68-71-65-68), the first version as an official TOUR event, won by Johnson.

 

 

 

Runners-Up:

 

 

Henrik Stenson: This was his fifth official HSBC, second top 10 and second successive runner-up (T2/2017). It was the 41-year-old’s 36th overall WGC, eighth top 10 and third runner-up, tying his best finish in stroke play. He won the 2007 Match Play. It’s the Swede’s 10th career runner-up on TOUR in 173 career events, first since here last year, 16 starts ago.

 

Brooks Koepka: This was his second HSBC (T40/2017) and 11th overall WGC event. The T2 is his fourth top 10 in WGC’s and his best finish, replacing T5 at the 2016 Match Play. The 27-year-old’s previous best in stroke play was T6 at the 2015 Bridgestone. Overall, it’s his fifth career runner-up in 88 career TOUR starts (87 pro), first since solo 2nd at the 2017 Valero 15 starts ago.

 

Dustin Johnson: This was his fourth official HSBC, third top 10 and third top 5. The 33-year-old won the 2014 edition, the first year it was an official event. Overall, this was his 31st WGC event and 11th top 10. Johnson has won five WGC’s, including the 2017 Mexico and the 2017 Match Play. It’s his 10th career runner-up in 222 career TOUR starts, first since T2 at the 2017 Wells Fargo 14 starts ago.

 

 

 

98

 

In the last 98 events on TOUR, the pre-tourney fave/co-fave has won SEVEN times (thru 2018 Sanderson Farms). That’s a conversion percentage of just 7.14%.

 

2017-18:

 

5 tournaments

1 pre-tourney fave won:

 

 

Thomas: 15/2 (CJ CUP)

 

 

2016-17:

 

47 tournaments

4 pre-tourney faves won:

 

 

Stenson: 14/1 Wyndham (co-fave)

Spieth: 12/1 The Open

Spieth: 8/1 Travelers

D. Johnson: 13/2 WGC-Mexico

 

 

This week’s favorites:

 

 

WGC-HSBC:

 

Dustin Johnson (15/2) finished T2. He was a 1/1 fave heading to R4 with a six-shot lead. The 33-year-old was vying for his sixth WGC title, third in this calendar year, but labored to a birdie-less 5-over 77.

 

He’s now 7-for-13 converting 54-hole leads/co-leads, one for his last three (2017, Genesis). DJ’s closing 77 wasn’t his worst from the three-quarter perch. He shot 9-over 82 in R4 at the 2010 U.S. Open (Pebble Beach GL), tumbling to T8, five adrift of champion Graeme McDowell, who won by one with 3-over 74. 

 

 

Sanderson Farms:

 

Chesson Hadley (14/1) finished 2nd, five back of breakthrough winner Ryan Armour. The two-time Web.com Tour grad and one-time TOUR winner (2014, Puerto Rico Open) has opened the season T3 (Safeway) and now solo 2nd. It’s his first career runner-up in 98 career TOUR events.

 

 

 

Rose’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 77 players):

 

 

Birdies: 23 (1st)

Bogeys: 9 (T15)

 

NOTE: Rose’s final-round stats are unavailable at press time.

 

 

 

Updated Top 10 in OWGR:

 

 

With a Strength of Field rating of 550 (down from 638 last year), Rose banks 64.00 world-ranking points and jumps seven places to 6th in OWGR.

 

 

1. Dustin Johnson

2. Jordan Spieth

3. Justin Thomas

4. Hideki Matsuyama

5. Jon Rahm

6. Justin Rose (UP seven)

7. Brooks Koepka (UP four)

8. Henrik Stenson (UP one)

9. Rory McIlroy (DOWN three)

10. Rickie Fowler (DOWN three)

 

NOTE: Jason Day dropped from 8th to 11th, first time out of the top 10 in 45 months. He had lost the No. 1-ranking (to DJ) after the 2017 Genesis

 

 

Notable Career Highs in OWGR:

 

 

Brooks Koepka: 7th (UP four)

Brian Harman: 26th (UP two)

Tony Finau: 41st (UP three)

Brendan Steele: 44th (UP two)

Peter Uihlein: 56th (UP 13)

Patrick Cantlay: 67th (UP five)

Ryan Armour: 156th (UP 165); won opposite-field Sanderson Farms

 

 

 

Draw:

 

No draw. Limited-field no-cut event

 

 

 

Low Rounds:

 

 

R1: Brooks Koepka (64)

R2: Dustin Johnson (63)

R3: Dustin Johnson, Poom Saksansin, Marc Leishman, Brandon Stone (68)

R4: Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson (67)

 

 

 

Bogey-free Rounds:

 

 

R1: Gavin Green (65), Patrick Reed (66), Ashun Wu (67), Matt Kuchar (67)

R2: Dustin Johnson (63), Brooks Koepka (68)

R3: Poom Saksansin (68)

R4: Richard Sterne (68)

 

 

 

Leader/co-leaders by Round:

 

 

R1: Brooks Koepka (T2): Drops to 0-for-3 as 18-hole leader/co-leader

 

R2: Dustin Johnson (T2): Drops to 7-for-13 as 36-hole leader/co-leader

 

R3: Dustin Johnson (T2): Drops to 7-for-13 as 54-hole leader/co-leader

 

 

 

43

 

Last season, 43 (of 48) winners were 39-years-old or younger

 

28 winners were in their 20s

15 were in their 30s

5 were in their 40s

 

 

Through 5 events this season (including Sanderson Farms):

 

1 winner was in their 20s

2 were in their 30s (Rose: age: 37)

2 were in their 40s (Armour: age: 41)

 

 

 

TOUR Rookies &/or First-Timers:

 

 

TOUR Rookies: 3

Top-10 finishes: 1

 

 

Peter Uihlein: The 28-year-old was top rookie with T5 on 8-under 280 (72-67-69-72) in his second appearance (T55/2014).

 

It’s his second low-rookie honor in his third start of the season, joining T10 at the CIMB two weeks and one start ago. The Oklahoma State product was the only rookie (of 23) at the CIMB and played there on a sponsor invite and opened the season with a MC at the Safeway.

 

This was his 33rd career TOUR start, fifth top 10 and third top 5. The Massachusetts native’s career best is T4 at the 2015 Sanderson Farms.

 

It’s his best WGC finish in three tries, brushing aside a previous-best T25 in 2014 at the Cadillac Championship (Doral).

 

Uihlein gained his TOUR card by finishing 3rd in the Web.com Tour Priority Rankings, claiming his first WCT title in the Finals at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Uihlein won the event in his third career WCT start (first as a pro), skipped the second event and finished up with a T29 and MC.

 

Season Form: T5-T10-CUT

 

 

 

First-Timers: 30

Top-10 finishes: 1

 

 

Brian Harman: The 30-year-old was top HSBC debutant with solo 8th on 7-under 281 (68-69-70-74). He opened the season with T5 at last week’s inaugural CJ CUP.

 

Overall, this was Harman’s third WGC event and first top 10, replacing a previous-best T50 at the 2017 Bridgestone.

 

Season Form: 8-T5

 

 

 

WGC First-Timers: 17

Top-10 finishes: 0

 

 

Tony Finau: The 28-year-old was top WGC debutant with T11 on 5-under 283 (67-72-74-70). It’s his second top 25 of the season in three starts (2nd, Safeway).

 

Season Form: T11-T26-2

 

 

 

Field Breakdown & Top-10 Finishes:

 

 

18 of the Top 25 in OWGR were in the field

5 finished in the top 10

 

33 of the Top 50 OWGR

8 finished in the top 10

 

Overall, exactly 10 players finished in the top 10.

 

 

OWGR field average: 116th

OWGR average for top-10 finishers: 28th

 

 

No. 1 Dustin Johnson (T2)

No. 9 Henrik Stenson (T2)

No. 11 Brooks Koepka T2)

No. 13 Justin Rose (Won)

No. 21 Rafa Cabrera Bello (T5)

No. 28 Brian Harman (8th)

No. 35 Matthew Fitzpatrick (T9)

No. 40 Bernd Wiesberger (T9)

 

 

 

Other Top-10 Finishers:

 

No. 53 Kyle Stanley (T5)

No. 69 Peter Uihlein (T5)

 

 

Other Notables:

 

No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama (T50), defender

No. 5 Jon Rahm (T36)

No. 8 Jason Day (T11)

No. 12 Marc Leishman (T38)

No. 14 Matt Kuchar (T31)

No. 15 Paul Casey (T11)

No. 17 Tyrrell Hatton (T11)

 

 

 

Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:

 

 

Justin Rose (1-T10-T2-T10-T10)

Jordan Spieth (T7-T7-2-P2)

Anirban Lahiri (T5-T10-T9)

Brooks Koepka (T2-6)

Peter Uihlein (T5-T10)

Brian Harman (8-T5)

Cameron Smith (3-T5)

Chesson Hadley (2-T3)

 

 

 

Consecutive Top-10 streaks ended:

 

 

Jon Rahm (T36-T7-T5-T4-T3)

Pat Perez (T24-T5-1)

Matt Kuchar (T31-T10-T5)

 

 

 

Sanderson Farms Championship

Jackson, MS

 

 

Overnight leader and World No. 321 Ryan Armour tossed up a 4-under-par 34-34=68 on Sunday at the Country Club of Jackson to post 19-under 269, good for a five-shot victory over runner-up and playing competitor Chesson Hadley (68), and his first PGA TOUR title in his 105th career start.

 

 

Final Leaderboard:

 

1- Ryan Armour (-19) 66-68-67-68= 269

2- Chesson Hadley (-14) 68-70-68-68= 274

3- Jonathan Randolph (-12) 69-69-71-67= 276

T4- Smylie Kaufman (-10) 67-72-71-68= 278

T4- Brian Stuard (-10) 67-70-71-70= 278

T4- Scott Strohmeyer (-10) 72-67-68-71= 278

 

 

 

The 41-year-old, a pre-tourney 100/1 outright, was making his fifth appearance and this was his first made cut. He had also MC'd his first start of the season at the Safeway.

 

With the win, the three-time Web.com Tour grad nets 300 FEC points, a two-year exemption, and invites to the 2018 Tournament of Champions, PLAYERS, and PGA Championship.

 

His previous best was 4th two times, most recently T4 at the 2017 Wyndham, where he was a 36-hole co-leader. The Ohio State alum finished 159th in the FEC standings last season with the one top 10 among 11 cashes in 20 starts.

 

The T4 at the Wyndham got him into the season-opener in Napa. He reclaimed his TOUR card with an 11th-place finish in the WCT Priority Rankings, primarily due to a runner-up finish at the kick-off event in the Finals.

 

Armour has won one time on the WCT in 241 career starts, claiming the 2016 Panama Claro Championship.

 

After opening in 66-68-67 this week, the Ohio native led/co-led after each of the first three rounds, including a five-shot lead beginning the day, his first career 54-hole lead/co-lead.

 

On 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, he camouflaged two bogey-5s at holes 9 and 16 with six circles at 3, 4, 7, 11, 14 and 17 (from 45'6"), taking 29 total putts.

 

 

 

Draw:

 

 

 Last season, 33 (of 47) tourneys had a traditional draw:

 

 

WINNERS:

 

EARLY/late: 21 (63.6%)

 

LATE/early: 12

 

 

So far this season, two tourneys have had a traditional draw and both winners have come from the EARLY/late ranks: Brendan Steele (Safeway) and now Armour.

 

 

A total of 76 pros from a field of 131 pros and one amateur made the 36-hole cut of 1-under 143:

 

 

36 (of 62) EARLY/late; 3 WDs, 1 DQ

 

40 (of 65) LATE/early; 1 WD

 

NOTE: J.J. Henry (LATE/early) made the cut but WD during R3 (back).

 

 

16 players finished in the top 10:

 

 

10 EARLY/late: Ryan Armour (Won), Chesson Hadley (2nd), Jonathan Randolph (3rd), Smylie Kaufman (T4), Brian Stuard (T4), Shawn Stefani (T10), Ricky Barnes (T10), Kevin Streelman (T10), Beau Hossler (T10), Vaughn Taylor (T10)

 

6 LATE/early: Scott Strohmeyer (T4), Jason Kokrak (T7), Ben Silverman (T7), Nicholas Lindheim (T7), Derek Fathauer (T10, Patton Kizzire (T10)

 

 

 

Low Rounds:

 

 

R1: Ryan Armour, Andrew Landry, Conrad Shindler, J.J. Spaun, Wyndham Clark (66)

R2: Tyrone Van Aswegen (65)

R3: Ryan Armour, Shawn Stefani (67)

R4: Ricky Barnes (66)

 

 

 

Leader/co-leaders by Round:

 

 

R1: Ryan Armour (Won): Improves to 1-for-1 as 18-hole leader/co-leader

R1: Andrew Landry (T59): Drops to 0-for-2

R1: Conrad Shindler (T59): Drops to 0-for-1

R1: J.J. Spaun (T34): Drops to 0-for-1

R1: Wyndham Clark (17th): Drops to 0-for-1

 

R2: Ryan Armour (Won): Improves to 1-for-2 as 36-hole leader/co-leader

 

R3: Ryan Armour (Won): Improves to 1-for-1 as 54-hole leader/co-leader

 

 

 

TOUR Rookies &/or First-Timers:

 

 

TOUR Rookies: 20

Top-10 finishes: 1

 

 

Ben Silverman: Making his tournament debut, the 29-year-old was top rookie with T7 on 9-under 279 (68-70-69-72). It’s his first top 10 on TOUR in his third career start and claims top-rookie honors for the first time in his second start as a member.

 

The FAU alum entered the season 18th in the WCT Priority Rankings with 10 top 25s among 16 cashes in 22 starts on the junior circuit, five for top 10s, highlighted by his first win at the 2017 Price Cutter Charity Championship.

 

Season Form: T7-T43

 

 

 

First-Timers: 31

Top-10 finishes: 3

 

 

Silverman was top rookie, joined in the top 10 by:

 

 

Scott Strohmeyer: Making his PGA TOUR debut as an open-qualifier, the Auburn, Alabama, native was top debutant with T4 on 10-under 278 (72-67-68-71) and earns a top-10 exemption into this coming week’s Shriners.

 

Entering the week unranked in OWGR and surviving a 4-for-1 playoff on Monday, he makes his debut in the rankings at 865th. The Alabama product was No. 1 for the week in SG: Off-the-Tee (6.235) and driving distance (all drives) at 314.0 yards.

 

Beau Hossler: Making his tournament debut, the first-time member though not a rookie finished T10 on 8-under 280 (69-69-69-73). It’s his first top 10 in 14 career TOUR starts (10 pro).

 

The 22-year-old’s previous best was T29 at the 2012 U.S. Open as an amateur. He entered the season 48th in the WCT Priority Rankings.

 

Season Form: T10-74  

 

 

 

 

 

 



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