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Justin Rose so close to play-off victory
TAKING three putts on the final green saw Justin Rose blow his chance to win The Barclays, the opening event of the American tour's FedEx Cup Play-offs.
The north Hampshire golfer was in a tie for the lead on the final tee at Liberty National, in New Jersey, and looked sure to force a play-off as he found the green with his approach.
However, he took three putts from 25ft to make bogey and had to settle for a share of second place, one shot behind winner Adam Scott.
Rose said: “I knew where I stood in the tournament. I knew everything.
“I felt like it was a putt I could make. It was uphill, and a little left to right. I hit it and it has gone off in my hands a bit, but I was surprised to see it go five feet past the hole.”
Rose enjoyed a good week overall, with two opening rounds of 68 (-3) and a third round of 70 (-1) leaving him five shots off the lead going into the final day.
He played well again on Sunday and was four-under-par approaching the final hole - but while one poor putt cost him the chance of winning, Rose was able to take plenty of positives from the tournament.
“I haven't been playing that well recently and again, at the beginning part of last week and the Pro Am, I struggled,” he said. “But I feel good about the way I built my game this week.
“I knew I was eventually going to put myself in contention and I feel really comfortable with where my game is at and that I can make a good run at Atlanta.”
Rose is up to fifth in the FedEx Cup standings going into the second event of the play-offs, the Deutsche Bank Championship, which gets under way at TPC Boston on Friday.
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