Emergency 9: Fort Worth Invitational, Round 4
May 27, 2018
By Mike Glasscott, PGATOUR.COM
Justin Rose’s 26-foot birdie putt at Fort Worth
Here are nine tidbits from the final round of the Fort Worth Invitational that gamers can use tomorrow, this weekend or down the road. Colonial Country Club is the longest-serving host on TOUR (1946) and plays 7,209 yards to a Par-70.
Englishman Justin Rose claimed his second victory on the season and ninth on TOUR as he posted 20-under-par 260 to defeat Brooks Koepka by three shots. His ninth victory on TOUR matches that of Sir Nick Faldo for the most all-time by an Englishman. Emiliano Grillo rounded off the podium in third alone.
Rose and Koepka had a great duel in the final group on Sunday but it was too bad that the 2013 U.S. Open champ had a four-shot lead entering the final round. The 2017 U.S. Open champ went toe-to-toe in the final round but there wasn't any breathing room. Rose went out in 30 (-5) on the strength of six birdies to increase his lead by one. Koepka got as close as three back on the inward nine but that was on the penultimate hole.
Rose torched Hogan's Alley as he led the field in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, Strokes Gained: Approach the Green, putts per GIR (92) and fairways (57 of 72). He was second in Par-4 scoring (-14) and proximity. Along with Koepka, he made 25 birdies, most on the week.
Before the Masters, Rose limped home to T52 at the Houston Open before cashing T12 at the year's first major. His T23 at THE PLAYERS included a Sunday 66 before he finally broke out this week. This was his first appearance at CCC since 2010 and his best finish since his maiden T13 in 2005. He's in the field next week at Memorial where he broke his TOUR maiden in 2010 and lost a playoff in 2015.
PGA TOUR Fantasy Game presented by SERVPRO top selections:
Rank Player Position Sunday % Ownership 1 Webb Simpson MC -- 57.2 2 Jon Rahm T5 68 46.79 3 Adam Scott T52 64 43.31 4 Justin Rose WIN 64 40.47 5 Bryson DeChambeau T42 70 38.57 6 Jordan Spieth T32 68 36.11 7 Jason Dufner MC -- 28.9 8 Zach Johnson MC -- 28.84 9 Rickie Fowler T14 68 26.3 10 Jimmy Walker T20 66 23.9
PGA TOUR One & Done presented by SERVPRO top selections:
Rank Player Position % Ownership 1 Webb Simpson MC 12.59 2 Bryson DeChambeau T42 11.26 3 Jimmy Walker T20 8.54 4 Adam Scott T52 7.87 5 Jordan Spieth T32 7.03 6 Zach Johnson MC 4.94 7 Jason Dufner MC 4.79 8 Brooks Koepka 2nd 4.51 9 Kevin Kisner T52 4.03 10 Jon Rahm T5 4.02
Rahm had some interesting comments after his second top five in two years. He wishes this event to be windy as possible as his game would translate even better. His bread and butter is hitting fairways and with the wind nonexistent this week many found the short grass and plenty of GIR. Rahm should be on everyone's short list next year.
The Rest of the Story
The battle of U.S. Open champions saw Brooks Koepka play Rose shot-for-shot in the final group but to no avail. The story this week for me is not the dominance of Rose, been there, done that, but rather how quickly Koepka has bounced back from his wrist injury. This is only his third event since pulling the plug after the Sentry Tournament of Champions. This was his third round of 63. His 17 under par total would have won or tied every Colonial winner in history minus 2010 when Zach Johnson set the record of 21 under.
61 Na-t Enough
Kevin Na needed to hole a field shot on the final hole to break the course record of 61. He missed by 12 inches and settled for a share of the record and the first player to card 61 since Chad Campbell in 2004. Na backed up his T6 last week at Trinity Forest with solo fourth this week. He's lost in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama at the Memorial Tournament in 2014 and is in the field next week as well.
Rounding Off the Podium
Bookend 64's from Emiliano Grillo saw him collect solo third for his best finish of the season. His other top finish this season was T3 at the Houston Open so he must like HOT. He hasn't MC on his own ball this season and he's cashing his third top-10 paycheck in his last six events. He led the field in scrambling and SG: Putting and is in the field next week at the Memorial.
Joaquin Niemann turned pro after the Masters and has now hit the top 10 in half of his four starts as a pro. His T8 included his two best scores of his young pro career as he shot 65-66 on the weekend. He was solo sixth at the Valero Texas Open in his first start. In 12 rounds as a pro, eight have been in red numbers. That's enough proof for me for long-term and short-term action.
J.T. Poston couldn't take advantage of his first three rounds as his 72 dropped him from T4 to T20. ... William McGirt, the 2016 Memorial champ, was looking to pick up his first top-10 of 2018 but his 71 dropped him 18 spots to T32. ... Corey Conners continued his excellent play as he's now made 15 cuts in 19 starts in his rookie season. He had a front-row seat watching playing partner Emiliano Grillo put up a big Sunday 64 as he scuffled to 69. His bogey on the last cost him a chunk of change and a T6 finish but I'm chalking this up to another learning experience.
The final round scoring average was 68.821, second-easiest round of the week. The scoring average for the week was 69.629 as the wind, for the second week in a row in Texas, only blew during one round of the four. ... Only Ben Hogan has successfully defended at Colonial. 2017 champ Kevin Kisner closed with 66 for T52. ... Francesco Molinari battled Rory McIlroy in the final group at Wentworth to win the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour by two shots. McIlroy is returning to the TOUR at the Memorial next week while Molinari heads to the Italian Open. ... Adam Scott began the day tied for last. He fired 64 to cash for T52. ... Danny Lee is a must-play during the Dallas-Fort Worth double. His bogey-free 65 saw him cash T14 for the second week in a row and after his T7 at THE PLAYERS.