Justin Rose grabs third win in two months, taking Indonesian Masters by a career-best eight strokes
GOH CHAI HIN
Justin Rose, the top-ranked played competing at the Asian Tour’s Indonesian Masters, made the best of trying situations at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, running away with the title on Sunday.
Weather delays through out the week forced Rose to play the last 10 holes of his third round Sunday morning, then get back out 30 minutes later to finish the closing 18. Yet the 37-year-old Englishman responded with final-round 10-under 62 to finish at 29-under 259, eight strokes ahead of 18-year-old Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand, the biggest margin of victory in Rose’s professional career.
Rose went wire-to-wire for the victory after also shooting an opening-round 62. In many ways, though, his Sunday number was more impressive. Rose made the turn in 29 after a six hole stretch in which he made five birdies and an eagle. He was 10 under through 13 holes, looking like 59 was within reach, but then dropped a shot on the 16th before closing with one last birdie on the home hole.
“It is my last event of the season, to finish the year on a good note and still have a couple of weeks to enjoy this win over Christmas and New Year is really nice, too,” Rose said. “To come here with my game in good shape, have the deal with bad weather and jetlag and stay focused on all four rounds, is something that I am really pleased about. I have had a dream week and I have played incredible golf.”
For Rose, the win caps off a 2017 in which he finished second at the Masters and won three times over the last two months.