Rose Wins Colonial, Moves To No. 3 In The World

Justin Rose

Justin Rose (Right) Receives The Trophy From Colonial Country Club President Rob Doby (Left) After Winning The Fort Worth Invitational. (AP Photo/Cooper Neill)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Justin Rose closed with a 6-under 64 and finished at 20 under Sunday at Colonial for a three-stroke victory over U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka in the Fort Worth Invitational.

Rose won for the ninth time on the PGA Tour and became the fifth player with multiple victories this season. Rose also won the HSBC Champions in Shanghai in the fall. The 37-year-old from England earned $1,278,000 and a plaid jacket for winning at Hogan’s Alley. He moves to No. 3 in the world and will have a mathematical chance to reach No. 1 next week at the Memorial.

Koepka shot 63, but had started the day four strokes behind Rose in the final group. Emiliano Grillo shot 64 and finished third at 16 under.

While Rose missed matching Zach Johnson’s 2010 tournament scoring record of 259 because of bogey on the 72nd hole, first-round leader Kevin Na matched the course record with a closing 61 and finished fourth at 14 under.

Rose opened with two straight birdies for the third straight day and led by as many as five shots after a birdie on No. 9.

Jordan Spieth made a short birdie at No. 18 on Sunday for a closing 68 to finish 5 under and tied for 32nd at Colonial, where he had a win and two runner-up finishes the past three years.