by Jeff Skinner
It was another crazy day on the PGA Tour. As Bubba Watson was making his way home tonight he has to be thinking that this is the one that got away. Watson started the day with a three stroke lead over Keegan Bradley and Justin Rose but he let everyone back in the WGC Cadillac Championship with a front side 39 which included three consecutive bogeys on three, four and five. Bubba’s day looked done as Justin Rose worked his way into the lead.
Rose wasn’t spectacular but he didn’t need to be. He played steady golf with four birdies and only two bogeys for a solid two under par seventy. If not for a bogey on eighteen he would have had a two stroke cushion when he finished but with his lead down to one he had to sweat it out as Bubba came down eighteen needing a birdie to tie. Watson hit an amazing iron into eighteen that had Rose out on the practice range. But Bubba’s luck once again turned bad as his birdie slid by and Rose was left with his fourth PGA Tour win.
It wasn’t just a two man race all day as plenty of golfers had chances to contend once Watson stumbled. Bradley was in good shape when he turned in 34 but his game deserted him and he limped home in a staggering 41 strokes. Rory McIlroy got within one stroke of the lead with an eagle on ten and a birdie on twelve but he the best he could do was a five under 67 and two off the pace. And Charl Schwartzel had it going with a front nine 34 and three birds on the back to get to fourteen under but a bogey at the last doomed his chances.
Rose claimed his fourth win in twenty months and moves into the top ten in the Official World Golf Rankings. And even though it’s still early he probably locked up his spot on the European Ryder Cup Team.