Rose holds on to win AT&T title
Justin Rose banished the demons of his final-round freeze at Hartford last week by grinding out a tense one-stroke victory for the $6.2 million AT&T National on Sunday.other Updated: Jul 06, 2010 01:30 IST
Justin Rose banished the demons of his final-round freeze at Hartford last week by grinding out a tense one-stroke victory for the $6.2 million AT&T National on Sunday.
The 29-year-old Briton, who blew a three-stroke lead to crash out of the Travelers Championship, all but squandered a five-stroke lead on the back nine, but steadied to see off a late charge from American Ryan Moore at the Aronimink course.
"It's never easy to close these things out," Rose told reporters after parring the final seven holes and sinking a two-foot putt to seal victory with an even-par 70.
"Having not closed out last week, it was important to do it today. I really felt I put into play the lessons I learned at Hartford. I didn't feel like nerves got the better of me the whole weekend." Rose's 10-under total of 270 earned the Englishman his second title in three starts after he won the Memorial last month.
Meanwhile, India's Arjun Atwal was done in by a poor front nine as he turned in his worst card of the week --- a four-over 74 --- to sign off tied 41st. Atwal, who got to play in the tournament courtesy a sponsor's exemption handed out by friend and practice partner
Tiger Woods, ended his campaign with a total of three-over 283. Atwal, however, did manage to finish ahead of Woods (71), who ended tied 46th at four-over 284.