Fort Worth, Texas – On a week when temperatures nearly hit triple digits in central Texas, the only thing hotter at the Fort Worth Invitational was the No.5 ranked player in the world – Justin Rose. The Englishman was the 54 hole leader by four strokes (over U.S Open Champion Brooks Koepka). After rounds of 66-64-66. The final round would pit the two U.S Open Champions against each other on the course known as “Hogan’s Alley” (4-time U.S Open winner Ben Hogan called Colonial his home course for decades).
Although Koepka served notice by firing another superb final round 63, Rose did not buckle, matching his second round 64 to post 20 under par – winning by 3 over Koepka (-17). The triumph marked the ninth PGA Tour victory for Rose who chose to skip the European Tour’s flagship event – the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
The Fort Worth Invitational win was Justin Rose’s second of the season (HSBC Champions) and moved him up to second in the Fedex Cup standings. “I’m delighted with the way that I played this week, obviously Hogans Alley, I tried to channel a little bit of that,” Rose said. “I haven’t played this venue in a while, but to win on this golf course, I couldn’t be more proud.”
Kevin Na matched the course record with a final round 61 to finish fourth at -14.