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Justin Rose wins Congressional Play-off
England’s Justin Rose defeated America’s Shawn Stefani in a scintillating play-off to clinch the Quickens Loans National.
33-year-old Rose won his sixth PGA Tour title and his first since last year’s US Open at the first extra hole; the 18th where he found water in regulation play.
Stefani is ranked 246th in the world and was seeking a first PGA Tour success, but after a tie with Rose at four under, the American found himself in water in the play-off at Congressional. However, the 32-year-old has qualified for July’s Open event at Hoylake, which should come as some consolation.
Rose trailed leader Patrick Reed by three shots before overtaking to lead by one going down the last. However, after finding trees and hitting his second into the greenside pond, things were starting to look less than positive for the Englishman.
Rose found the putting surface in four and holed a 15ft putt for bogey to card a round of 70 for four under, while Stefani bogeyed 17 to slip out of a share of the lead but parred the last for another 70 to join Rose. He ended with a double bogey on the 73rd hole as Rose made a safe par to close out the win.
In 2011, Rory McIlroy yielded a record-breaking US Open win at Congressional, and Rose joked that the course was looking to make amends this time around.
"I think Congressional wanted its reputation back," Rose told BBC Sport.. "It tested all of us getting to four under par to win this tournament.
"It's great to win on a course like this because you can't luck into it.
"I had to rely on different parts of my game all week. I was really pleased to see the PGA Tour set it up tough. It was fair but you had to play good strategic golf.
"It hasn't been lost on me that I haven't won for a year. It's a huge boost confidence-wise for sure going into a major championship."