PGATOUR.COM is unveiling its top 10 moments of the 2013 season. The videos will be introduced on weekdays for the last two weeks of November. Check back each day for our favorites from the 2013 PGA TOUR Season.
|Top 10 Moments of the 2013 PGA TOUR Season|
||Nov. 18||Garcia hits shot from a tree at Arnold Palmer Invitational|
||Nov. 19||Reed escapes from the trees to win Wyndham Championship|
||Nov. 20||Woods dominates elite field at Bridgestone Invitational|
||Nov. 21||Dufner ties majors scoring record, wins PGA Championship|
||Nov. 22||Rose's historic approach on No. 18 at Merion to secure U.S. Open|
||Nov. 25||Spieth's incredible bunker shot during John Deere playoff|
||Nov. 26||Stenson wins the FedExCup|
||Nov. 27||Furyk shoots 59 in second round of BMW Championship|
||Nov. 28||Mickelson cards final-round 66 to win The Open Championship|
||Nov. 29||Scott's putt to force a playoff at The Masters|
NORTON, Mass. -- A day after a bogey-free 9-under 63 at TPC Boston, Justin Rose plummeted down the leaderboard in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The U.S. Open winner made five bogeys and three birdies over his first eight holes before two-putting for his first par of the day on No. 9 (click here for his scorecard).
Rose's troubles began on the first hole, where he three-putted from 50 feet.
It went from bad to worse on No. 2, where Rose nearly hit his approach into the water and again three-putted from 50 feet after a poor chip.
He bounced back with birdies on each of the next two holes, sticking his tee shot to 3 feet on the par-3 third and getting up-and-down after nearly driving the short par-4 fourth.
The momentum wouldn't last long.
Rose got in trouble off the tee on Nos. 5 and 6 and he bogeyed both before knocking in a birdie from 45 feet from just off the eighth green.
At the par-4 ninth, Rose hit his approach to just inside 12 feet and two-putted, finally making his first par.
Rose, who began the day in a tie for sixth and four shots back, is now in a tie for 36th nine off the current lead of Jason Dufner.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- Turns out Justin Rose surprised himself on Saturday during the second round of the Deutcshe Banke Championship.
He said he was actually feeling a "bit lethargic" as he made his way around TPC Boston on the cool, gray day. But Rose, who tied for second at The Barclays last week, kept plodding along and giving himself birdie opportunities that turned the day upside down.
"All of a sudden I looked at the scoreboard and I was doing okay," said Rose, who came to TPC Boston ranked fifth in the FedExCup.
Truth be told, it was better than okay. Rose started on the back nine and made four birdies, then added another quartet on the front on the way to a 63 that tied for the low round of the week. He'll start the third round at 9 under, just four strokes off Sergio Garcia's lead.
"It was clicking, absolutely," Rose said. "It was a good, clean round of golf. I felt like I haven't played a bogey free round for a while, ad that's what I managed to do today.
"Obviously when the guys are going low, you need to make birdies, but you also need to eliminate the mistakes. You throw a couple of bogeys at it it's hard to go low. Today there was a lot of putts made from 8 to 10 feet. I hit the ball close all day, but I still made some good putts. I felt very good about the putting today. And obviously just kept a very clean, solid round of golf."
The reigning U.S. Open champ hasn't played particularly well at TPC Boston since it joined the FedExCup Playoffs rotation in 2007 with a tie for 54th his best finish in five starts. But he did share fourth in 2006 and finish solo third in 2003 when his good friend Adam Scott ended up winning the event so Rose knows it can be done.
The Englishman's putter got hot on Saturday as he came in with 27 strokes as opposed to 31 in the first round, and the rest of his game responded as well. He only hit 9 of 14 fairways overall but found all but two on the front nine, which was his second of the day. He hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation, as well.
"For me everything changes with the putter," Rose said. "And yesterday I felt like I played a really, really good round of golf, just didn't get much out of it with the putter and got frustrated and made a couple of mistakes coming in.
"1 under yesterday was a bit of a shame. But I kind of got what I deserved. I felt like I didn't hang in there tough enough yesterday. Obviously I did a much better job of that today."
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- The early pace has been set by Phil Mickelson. Now the question is can anyone from the afternoon wave catch him?
Here's a look at who and what to keep an eye on this afternoon from TPC Boston (all times ET):
Luke Donald, 12:22 p.m.: The once No. 1 player in the world and top-10 machine has just four top 10s this year, but he has had success here, finishing second in 2010 and third in 2011.
Sergio Garcia, 12:22 p.m.: Five years ago, Garcia finished fifth at TPC Boston. This year, he comes in looking for his first top 10 since THE PLAYERS Championship. At 59th in the FedExCup standings, however, he is safe for getting into the BMW Championship.
Rory McIlroy, 12:46 p.m.: What a difference a year makes. Last season, McIlroy was on top of the world and would win here and at the BMW Championship. This time he's just hoping to salvage what has been a mostly lost season. TPC Boston suits him well and this week could be telling.
Jason Day, Webb Simpson, 12:46p.m.: Day is playing with a sore wrist, but he has a good history here with a runner-up in 2010 and a third-place finish the following year. Likewise with Simpson, who won here in 2011.
Steve Stricker, Charl Schwartzel, 12:58 p.m.: This week marks Stricker's first Playoffs event of the year, while Schwartzel is making just his third appearance at TPC Boston (he's never finished in the top 20).
Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, 1:10 p.m.: Rose nearly forced a playoff last week before finishing one back of winner Adam Scott. Snedeker, meanwhile, is trying to regain his early-season form as he tries to become the first player to win back-to-back FedExCups.
Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, 1:10 p.m.: Given Johnson's length, TPC Boston sets up well for him. Twice he has finished in the top 5 here. Fowler, meanwhile, is coming off a top 10 last week.
Ernie Els, 1:34 p.m.: The Big Easy is on the outside looking in at 91st in the FedExCup standings. In the FedExCup era, Els has never not made it to at least the BMW Championship.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- If you had asked Justin Rose at the beginning of the week whether he expected to be in the hunt on Sunday at The Barclays, he probably would have been pretty non-commital.
The reigning U.S. Open champion simply hadn't been playing as well as he would have liked the last few weeks. He said he "struggled" in Thursday's pro-am at Liberty National, as well.
Once the competition began, though, Rose seemed to steadily turn the corner -- and he came within a missed 5-footer for par at the 72nd hole of forcing a playoff with his good friend Adam Scott. So the Englishman, who closed with a 68, couldn't be too disappointed with the four-way tie for second.
"I felt like the whole run for the FedExCup Playoffs has only just started and I felt like where my game was this week, I didn't expect to be in this position," Rose said. "I felt like I was working my way back to playing well. Surprised to see it all come together this week, but I feel like that I can get so much stronger, really, the remaining few weeks of the season."
With the tie for second, the Englishman moved to fifth in the FedExCup standings. Rose has a pretty good history in the Playoffs, too, with a win at the 2011 BMW Championship and a runner-up at last year's TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola to go along with Sunday's second place.
"I really feel good about the way I built my game this week, and the Playoffs are a long run," Rose said. "I knew during the four weeks, I was going to put myself in contention, and I think I feel really comfortable with where my game is at and that I can make a really good run at Atlanta."
Rose came to the 18th hole on Sunday tied with Scott, who had finished about 45 minutes earlier. Rose was well-aware of his position, and he had an uphill 25-footer with a left-to-right break that he thought was makeable and would have given him the lead alone.
"I was surprised to see it go five feet by, I mean, I've got to say," Rose said. "But it is what it is. Disappointing way to finish. So in some ways, surprised 11 under par was where it was in the tournament. Some guys were clearly struggling out there on the back nine, which I guess is a testament to how good a round I put together, but yeah, disappointing to finish that way obviously."
Rose isn't sure whether he pushed the 5-footer for par but regardless, it "wandered off" to the right, he said. He had to thread the ball through a couple of spike marks but Rose felt like he aimed right center and put a "reasonable roll" on it.
"I guess sometimes you can't do more than that," Rose said. "The error was putting myself in that situation. You're clearly a little bit nervous at that point and you really don't want to give yourself five feet coming back.
"But at the same time, like I said I felt good on both putts, I really felt like I was going to make the first one and that was going to be my opportunity. I felt like if I was going to be in a playoff to win this golf tournament, I was going to have to make a putt at some point.
"That was my mind set, obviously, and clearly got too aggressive."
Scott and Rose each won their first career major earlier this year. (Cannon/Getty Images)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- When Adam Scott and Justin Rose were in their early 20s, they made a bet that whoever won a major first that half the winner's check would go to the victory party.
There's no word on what the total tally was at ultra-private Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas where both are members -- or who picked up the bill -- but PGATOUR.COM has learned the two spent Saturday night there celebrating each other's first career major championship.
"When we made that bet, the check wasn't quite as big," joked Scott in a recent interview with PGATOUR.COM. "But I think he's on the hook for it, too, and I guess I'm on the hook for it."
Scott, born two weeks earlier than Rose in the summer of 1980, has been close to the Englishman throughout his career with their two paths largely mirroring one another's.
In April, Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters. Two months later, with the inspiration of a series of text messages from Scott that it was his time to win one, Rose followed suit by capturing the U.S. Open at Merion.
"It was basically now or never," Rose said of the context of their exchange. "I think that’s what he figured out, and he thought my game was ready.
"The bet that was a young, childish bet we made when we were about 21 years old. I think Scotty should be on the hook for that."
Neither player was at Liberty National on Tuesday, but both are in the field for this week's Barclays, the start of the FedExCup Playoffs.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Justin Rose had a Dickensian round of golf on Friday at Oak Hill.
The worst of times came as the rain poured in the morning and the Englishman stepped to the 10th tee, his first of the day. He bogeyed that hole and the next, then negated a birdie at the 14th with a bogey at No. 18, a hole he would later say was playing "incredibly difficult."
"I had a sense of wow, this is just going to be a struggle today," Rose recalled. "We are going to really have to hang tough."
As Rose made the turn, though, the rain stopped and suddenly it was the best of times. He staked a 7-iron to 15 feet to start a string of three straight birdies, then finished with three more for a 29 that was one shot off the nine-hole mark at the PGA.
The resulting round of 66 put Rose at 6 under and three strokes off the lead held by Jason Dufner as the reigning U.S. Open seeks a second major of the season.
"Definitely a round of two halves today," Rose said. "The front nine was tough; I think it was tough for everybody. It was raining pretty hard at times. ...
"At that point I just felt like I was trying to hang on, just not try and shoot way over par, really. The rain did stop at the turn and put on a fresh glove, and got the waterproofs off and kind of felt like you could start to play some golf instead of just trying to survive.
"Obviously I got hot and kept rolling with it. Adam (Scott) played some great golf the last couple of days and showed me that this course is playable and you can make some birdies out there. And when I got hot, I stayed with it, which was nice."
Rose estimated he and his caddy went through a half dozen towels on his soggy first nine holes.
"There were times out there where I even hit shots with wet hands," he said. "You go through your routine, you take your hand off for a second, raindrops again between the grip and the hands. But at the end of the day, you have just got to sometimes do your best and pull the trigger."
Rose said he felt like he was a "rebuilding phase" when he got to the front nine on Friday. He had fallen back to even par for the tournament so those birdie putts were particularly well-timed.
"This is a golf course you have to respect," Rose said. "It just happened to flow for me today. I hit the right shots at the right time. But it's still a tough golf course, still got to give it a lot of respect.
"The front nine yesterday, I also had a bit of run myself. ... If I can just figure out the back nine a bit better, it should be good."
Rose is 9 under on the front nine and 3 over on the back. He knows he'll do well to remain patient over the next two rounds like he was on Friday.
"A day like today is a good learning lesson," Rose said. "If you have a sticky patch on the weekend, just hang tough and hopefully you'll have your run again. At no point do we get ahead of ourselves."