Justin Rose missed a short birdie putt that felt like another bogey. His three-shot lead was down to one through six holes of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego on Sunday, and the biggest challenge was trying not to panic.
That’s when he scratched a line on his scorecard, wanting to start his round from that moment forward.
And he gave himself a pep talk.
“You’re No. 1 for a reason. Just start playing like it, please,” he said.
Rose followed with a perfect wedge to a right pin that led to birdie, the first of five the rest of the way in a round of 3-under-par 69 that gave him a two-shot victory over Adam Scott at Torrey Pines.
It was the 10th straight year with a victory worldwide for Rose, including his gold medal from the 2016 Olympics. And his 10th career PGA Tour victory gave him the most of any player from England, breaking a tie with Nick Faldo.
Rose finished at 21-under 267, the lowest 72-hole score at the event in 20 years.
“Twenty-one under around Torrey Pines is great golf,” Rose said, “but you had to do it. It felt like I had to work hard for his.”
Jon Rahm was not a factor after moving to one shot off the lead with a birdie on No. 6, which turned out to be the only one he made all day. He shot 72 and tied for fifth with Rory McIlroy (69) and defending champion Jason Day (67).
Tiger Woods had to settle for his own version of winning. Starting the final round 13 shots behind, Woods wanted to get into double figures below par. He birdied his last two holes for a 31 on the front nine to shoot 67 and finish at 10-under 278. He tied for 20th in his 2019 debut.
European Tour: Bryson DeChambeau shot an 8-under 64 to win the Dubai Desert Classic, his first international victory.
The American, at No. 5 the highest-ranked player in the field, won by seven strokes after finishing at 24-under 264 at Emirates Golf Club.
England’s Matt Wallace was second after a 68.
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