Rose of England gives us something to cheer

Fourth victory for Justin in thrilling shoot-out

Bob Warters's picture
Mon, 3 Jun 2002

To avoid upsetting the Swedes in the race for the £208,000 first prize at the Victor Chandler Masters, the 18th green leaderboard managers were told to take down a 'Good Luck England' message at the start of final round play.

It was a bit pedantic considering all the talk was about football during the week but the English had the last laugh whenJustin Roseand his best mate on Tour, Ian Poulter (with whom he had been staying during the week) emerged as the front runners.

In the end it was Rose, who landed his fourth victory of the season with a closing 65 to edge out Poulter by one shot.

Rose revealed on his website that he needed a 65 to win and and that's just what he achieved to finish on 19 under par.

He said: "It was a great day today and started with birdies at the first two holes, and another couple at five and seven left me one behind Ian at the turn.

"Ian birdied 10 and I birdied 11 and 12 and drew level when Ian bogeyed 13. When he hit it in the bunker at the par-3 next I thought I might have an advantage, but he holed his bunker shot and I had to dig deep to hole my eight-footer for a half in two.

"After that we knocked knuckles in celebration and were laughing and chatting saying we had never had so much fun on a golf course! When Ian three-whacked at 16 I had the lead for the first time and par golf from there was enough to win on home soil for the first time.

"All my wins have been special, but this is my first full field and full status event that I have won on the European Tour, so I am doubly pleased. I just hope Ian lets me in the house tonight!"

Welshman Phillip Price, who had led going into the final round, looked a little out of place at the youngsters final round party and finished in third with a level par 72.

But at least he gets to play in the next Ryder Cup ibn September and he showed with his determination that he will be a tough opponent for the Americans.

Colin Montgomerie had his fifth top five finish in as many weeks and goes to next week's US open full of confidence.

As for the Swedes, Frederik Andersson, was their best finisher in a tie for sixth.



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