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Golf Australia Express : Issue 12
YOU NAME it, and it was riding on the final round of the BMW Championship. TOUR Championship berths, Presidents Cup spots and the tournament itself were all on the line right down to the death at Cog Hill, where Justin Rose held off a dual Australian charge to chalk up his first win for the year. Rose carried a four-stroke lead into the final round after monstering the par-71 layout with a 63 on Thursday, and lengthened his advantage to five shots after 10 holes under miserable skies in the final round. But when the Englishman found the trees at the 15th and made bogey, his lead was slashed to just one, with Australians John Senden and Geoff Ogilvy both launching late snatch-and-grab missions. That was until the 17th, where the Englishman rolled in a 35-foot chip to give himself a two-shot buffer at 13-under and enough breathing room to enjoy his walk up the 18th fairway. An even-par 71 was enough for the 31-year-old to snare his third PGA Tour title and vault into the top five in the JUST IN TIME FedEx Cup standings heading into the season-ending PGA TOUR Championship. Before the weekend he faced the prospect of missing out on the top 30-ranked players for the year, and a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup title. But he’s now sitting pretty as one of five men who need only win the TOUR Championship to wrap up their biggest ever payday. Also thanking their stars for a form turnaround were Ogilvy and Senden. Ogilvy was every chance of exiting the Playoffs two weeks ago before he birdied the last hole at the TPC Boston to stay alive, but he has now qualified for the season- ending event. Senden moved from 55th to 9th in the FedEx Cup standings following his runner-up finish. Rose said he couldn’t have asked for more. “To win my third tournament feels like I’m sort of moving in the right direction,” this week,” he said. A couple of big losers from the final round worth mentioning: Masters champ Charl Schwartzel, who bogied three of his final four holes to fall from a tie for 22nd to 42nd and out of the FedEx Cup top 30; and last year’s TOUR Championship and FedEx Cup winner Jim Furyk made four bogies on the front nine and two coming home to fall to 36th in the standings, ending his hopes of defending his title. OTG WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE PGA TOUR FINAL STANDINGS 1 JUSTIN ROSE ENG -13 $ 1,440,000 2 JOHN SENDEN USA -11 $ 864,000 3 GEOFF OGILVY AUS -10 $ 544,000 4 LUKE DONALD ENG -8 $ 384,000 5 WEBB SIMPSON USA -7 $ 320,000 T6 CAMILO VILLEGAS COL -6 $ 278,000 T6 JASON DUFNER USA -6 $ 278,000 8 CHEZ REAVIE USA -5 $ 248,000 9 BRANDT JOBE USA -4 $ 232,000 T10 K.J.CHOI KOR -3 $ 208,000 T10 DAVID TOMS USA -3 $ 208,000 WRAP THE