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Justin Rose left to rue poor third round at US PGA
A POOR third round at Oak Hill cost Justin Rose the chance to challenge for his second major title of the year.
The north Hampshire golfer was in contention after a brilliant second round at the US PGA Championship, the fourth and final major of the year.
However, he made a dreadful start on day three, finding himself six-over-par after just five holes, and a round of 77 (+7) ended his chances of winning the title.
The US Open champion eventually had to settle for a share of 33rd place on +3, 13 shots behind winner Jason Dufner, and is down one place to fifth in the world rankings as a result.
Playing alongside fellow major champions Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson, Rose made a solid start at Oak Hill, an opening round of 68 (-2) leaving him three shots off the lead.
The former Robert May’s School pupil made a slow start on day two and was two-over-par after his first nine holes, but he hit form on his back nine, making birdies at six of the nine holes to card a round of 66 (-4). As a result, he sat in a share of fourth, three shots off the lead, going into the weekend.
Rose was in a position to strike but a dreadful start on day three effectively ended his chances. The 33-year-old went par, bogey, double bogey, bogey, double bogey to find himself six-over-par for the round after just five holes.
Further bogeys at seven and 10 made matters worse and while he managed to pick up a shot at the 12th hole, a seven-over-par round of 77 saw him drop to 27th, 10 shots off the lead.
The Hook golfer fell another five places on the final day, making bogeys at his last two holes to card a round of 72 (+2).
Rose is not in action this weekend but will return to the course next Thursday for The Barclays, the first tournament of the PGA Tour’s season-ending FedEx Cup Play-offs, which takes place at Liberty National, in New Jersey.
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