Farmers Insurance Open 2019: Justin Rose Beats Adam Scott by 2 Strokes for Win

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2019

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 27: Justin Rose of England tees off on the South Course during the final round of the the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on January 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Justin Rose earned his first win of 2019, edging out Adam Scott in a two-shot victory in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.

Rose went three under in the final round to finish 21 under for the tournament. Scott finished as the runner-up at 19 under, while Hideki Matsuyama and Talor Gooch earned a share of third place at 16 under.

Here's a look at the top 10 finishers, with the full leaderboard available on PGATour.com:

     

2019 Farmers Insurance Leaderboard

1. Justin Rose (-21)

2. Adam Scott (-19)

T3. Hideki Matsuyama (-16)

T3. Talor Gooch (-16)

T5. Jason Day (-14)

T5. Rory McIlroy (-14)

T5. Jon Rahm (-14)

8. Billy Horschel (-13)

T9. Gary Woodland (-12)

T9. Cameron Smith (-12)

T9. Scott Brown (-12)

T9. Joel Dahmen (-12)

     

Rose closed out the Farmers Insurance Open in style. With his third shot on the par-five 18th hole, he dropped his approach to within four feet of the cup. That set up an easy birdie putt for the title.

ESPN Stats & Info put the result in perspective:

Earlier this month, Rose's regular caddy, Mark Fulcher, underwent heart surgery. Rose told reporters Wednesday that Fulcher was out of surgery at the hospital and "doing well." He added he wasn't sure when Fulcher will return.

Rose made sure to send a message to Fulcher, who was likely watching the event on television:

Rose owned a three-shot lead at 18 under through 54 holes, which represented a healthy cushion but not an advantage that would carry him through to the end. Given where the scores have been all tournament. Rose couldn't stand pat and hope the field failed to catch up.

He opened the door for the competition with his poor start to Sunday's round. He bogeyed the opening hole and was two over through five holes. Birdies on the seventh and ninth holes at least moved him back to even par as he made the turn.

Rose carried that momentum to the back nine as he birdied No. 10.

It looked like he'd be able to coast to the finish line until Scott started surging down the final stretch. Birdies on the last four holes allowed Scott to put some pressure on Rose as he approached the 18th tee.

However, Rose wasn't rattled even after hooking his drive and landing in the rough. He got back onto the fairway with his second shot before placing his approach perfectly on the green.

With two top-10s in three PGA Tour events, Rose couldn't have envisaged a better start to the new year.

According to OddsShark, the 38-year-old is the seventh favorite (+1400) to win the 2019 Masters, and his odds will only climb if he maintains this hot streak.

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