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March 25 2013

3:00 PM

Rose confident despite falling short

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

ORLANDO, Fla. -- There was a bittersweet ending to Justin Rose's week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.

Rose finished two strokes behind winner Tiger Woods on Monday after a 2-under 70 in the final round and afterward said he's still not getitng the most out of his game.

"I had a really kind of flat back nine of my third round and start to my fourth round; really sort of a 12 poor holes there," Rose said.

Rose began the final round at Bay Hill just two strokes behind Woods. Bogeys on two of his first three holes, however, pretty much ended any chance of catching him.

Right from the start, Rose was shaky.

He drove into a fairway bunker at the first hole, then came up short of the green on his approach and couldn't get up and down to save par.

Two holes later, Rose hit his tee shot into the water.

The rest of the round was bogey-free, but the damage was done. Four birdies over his final 13 holes wasn't enough with his last hopes disappearing when he missed a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th.

Still, it was Rose's best finish of a young season in which he's already recorded two other top 10s, givng himself three in four starts. He also moved to No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking behind only Rory McIlroy and Woods.

"It was nice to be able to put (the slow start) behind me and finish strong," he said. "I take a lot of confidence once again from that."

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