Rose takes Colonial
Justin Rose finished at 20 under at Colonial on Sunday at the Fort Worth Invitational. The victory is his second PGA Tour win of the season, making him the fifth player with multiple wins this season. The Englishman, ranked No. 5 in the world, closed out the final round with a 6-under 64 for a three-stroke win against defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka.
The victory was the ninth of his career. His very first was at Muirfield Village in the 2010 Memorial, the site of this week’s tournament.
Maybe the biggest surprise out of the weekend was Jordan Spieth’s finish. Playing in his home state and just miles away from his hometown, the world No. 3 finished tied for 32nd. He did end his round on No. 18 with a short birdie to finish with a 68. However, Spieth knows Colonial well. In fact, he won and placed runner-up in the last three years. But the Texans last PGA Tour win was 20 events ago, back to the British Open last summer.
While Rose looks like a contender against at The Memorial event this week at Muirfield Village, it was Jason Dufner who won the event in 2017. But the Buckeye won’t be defending his home turf. He missed the cut at four over.
Plus, let’s just get to the point: All eyes are on Tiger Woods. And headlines like this, that he’s starting to look more like his old self at Memorial, only attract more attention. That’s because while his putting was poor, his other shots were not. He shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to move him to five under for the tournament, good for a tie for 24th place.
It also left him just six strokes behind leaders Kyle Stanley and Joaquin Niemann. In just his ninth tournament back after spinal fusion surgery, Wood found himself among the leaders. Thanks to beauties like this eagle at No. 5, plus two birdies in a three-hole stretch early in his third round on Saturday.
But let’s put down our Tiger Tracker for a second and talk about the top of the leaderboard. So class, who knew anything about Kyle Stanley and Joaquin Niemann coming into today? Ok. We’ll give you Stanley. He did finish third at Muirfield back in 2013, for crying out loud. But Niemann is a 19-year-old in his fifth start as a professional, who has a knack for following his bogeys with birdies.
Keep an eye on Day, Johnson and Rose
Tiger has had some stellar finishes considering what he’s coming back from. In 2018, he’s tied for second at the Valspar Championship, and tied fifth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. And don’t forget that 11th-place tie at The Players Championship.
There’s still a lot of golf left to play though and top contenders like Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rose aren’t just going out for a nice walk against some pristine Ohio grass.
In fact, Johnson shot an opening round 71 and rebounded with a 66 in the second round.
The legend or the 19-year-old
Justin Rose is carrying the hot clubs. But we think this will be a Cinderella kind of weekend where we either track Tiger back to the top or a relatively unknown takes the title home. Woods has won Memorial five times already and is back at the course for the first time since 2015.