Rose holds off Scott to win Farmers Insurance Open

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"Honma came into the mix, which was a little out of left field at the time".

While Scott closed with four successive birdies, Rose picked up two shots of his own in that stretch and had built up enough of an advantage to still win by two with a 21-under-par total.

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (67) and Talor Gooch (68) tied third at 16 under, while defending champion Day (67) shared fifth alongside Rory McIlroy (69) and 2017 champion Jon Rahm (72) at 14 under. Weather aside, this was an exquisite performance, especially with his three penalty shots on Saturday, and opening the final round with three bogeys in five holes. On the par-three 16th, Rose holed a 30-foot birdie putt, and then Scott rolled in his birdie from 20 feet.

For anyone not named Tiger Woods, the pole position through three rounds is where title hopes go to die, and for a brief moment on Sunday, the Farmers Insurance Open was shaping up to be its normal pursuer's paradise. Starting the final round 13 shots behind, Woods wanted to get into double figures.

Of the previous 15 times he shouldered a lead or co-lead into the final turn at a PGA Tour event, Rose only converted on four of those attempts. He birdied his last two holes for a 31 on the front nine to shoot 67 and finish at 10-under 278.

We spoke to him exclusively for our latest issue, and he told us the deal had been in the works since the summer, which he admitted seemed a little bit of a weird choice at the start of his search for a new deal. He struggled with his swing early, missing tee shots to the right and missing the green from the fairway on No. 5, and his putter looked shaky.

"That one was for you Fooch", Rose appeared to say at the camera in reference to his regular caddie, Mark Fulcher, who is now out of action while recovering from minor heart surgery. Rose used Gareth Lord, the former caddie of Rose's longtime Ryder Cup partner, Henrik Stenson. Although it's not the sexiest form of the game, that kind of simple efficiency has now made the 38-year-old the world's undisputed best player.

Rose is a Major victor having emerged victorious at the 2013 U.S. Open.

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