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11 points in 2011. DeChambeau was third, followed by Dustin Johnson and Horschel, the 2014 FedExCup champion. Rose’s previous best result in the FedExCup was fifth in 2011. “I was trying to do my best to win this golf tournament and scoop the double jackpot,” Rose said Sunday evening at East Lake. “But far and away, being next to this [FedExCup] trophy is something I’m very, very proud of. Definitely with five, six holes to play it was pretty precarious. I was in great position around the turn, and then things got tricky out there.” Making bogeys on Nos. 14 and 16 were costly for Rose. With two holes left, he knew he needed to birdie one of the last two holes to lock up the season-long competition. After a par on the 17th, Rose got what he needed on the par-5 18th, two-putting for a 4 after his second shot bounced through rough and on the green. “I was kind of waiting for a break all day, waiting for a putt to drop or something good to happen and it just wasn’t really happening through the back nine,” said Rose. “So it was really nice to catch that break right at the end.” It has been quite a journey for Rose since he turned professional in the summer of 1998 following a rousing finish in The Open

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Championship at Royal Birkdale as a 17-yearold amateur. He struggled badly in his early days as a pro, but stayed the course to become one of golf’s best and he arrived at East Lake No. 1 in the Official World Ranking. Winning the FedExCup and its $10 million bonus comes after nine PGA TOUR victories and 12 on the European Tour highlighted by his 2013 U.S. Open victory at Merion Golf Club, when he became the first Englishman to win the title since Tony Jacklin in 1970. Three years later, he won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics as men’s golf returned to the Games after 112 years. Rose subsequently was awarded the distinction of being a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), which is part of the Order of the British Empire, an order of chivalry which rewards Brits for their accomplishments to society outside of civil service. Now, a FedExCup. “I mean, that’s PGA TOUR royalty, I guess,” Rose said when asked what it meant to have his name on the trophy with golfers like Woods, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Vijay Singh and Jordan Spieth. “If you win the FedExCup, that’s sort of what it means. Whenever you win over the course of a season, it just gives it something extra, it gives it something special.” 

Justin Rose was a fixture on PGA TOUR leaderboards in 2017-18, winning twice and earning nine additional top-10 finishes.

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