Sunday's roundup: Rose finds his game just in time
Avondale, La. — Whatever derailed Justin Rose's game appears long gone now.
Sensing he needed to birdie the final two holes to keep the lead, Rose pulled it off with aggressive swings and clutch putts for a one-stroke victory over Cameron Tringale on Sunday in the Zurich Classic.
"Earlier this year it looked impossible to win," Rose said, referring to his three missed cuts and failure to finish better than 37th in his first five starts of 2015. "I'm very happy to have turned my game around."
Rose completed a 7-under 65 in the rain-delayed third round Sunday morning and closed with a 66 at TPC Louisiana for his seventh PGA Tour title. He finished at 22-under 266, a course record.
The Englishman has won at least once in six straight seasons, the second-longest streak on the tour behind Dustin Johnson's eight straight.
Brian Stuard (Jackson) shot 71 and finished at 5-under 283. He won $14,283.
Rose said his drastic improvement two weeks earlier at the Masters, where he tied for second, helped him in the Big Easy.
"I took my Masters performance with a huge amount of confidence," Rose said, recalling in particular the sense of calm he was able to maintain down the stretch at Augusta National.
Playing aggressively on the soggy TPC Louisiana, Rose made six birdies in the final round and played the last 66 holes without a bogey.
Rose's final two putts from 10 and 131/2 feet allowed him to hold off Tringale, who birdied the 18th for a 65.
"I'm pleased," Tringale said. "To finish one back is still a pretty good week."
Lydia Ko won the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic for the second straight year, beating Morgan Pressel on the second hole of a playoff in Daly City, California.
The 18-year-old Ko never had the lead Sunday until she rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole for her seventh career victory. She also made birdie on the 18th in regulation for a 2-under 70 to force a playoff.
Pressel closed with a 72. She missed three birdie putts on the 18th hole — from 15 feet in regulation, from 10 feet on the first playoff hole and from 8 feet on the second playoff hole.
Brooke Henderson, the 17-year-old from Canada, had a 74 and missed the playoff by one shot.
Joe Durant had a hole-in-one and teamed with Billy Andrade to win the Champions Tour's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf in Ridgedale, Missouri.
Andrade and Durant closed with a 9-under 45 and finished at 19-under 159 in the 54-hole event.
Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam tied for second, three strokes back after a 51.
Cadillac Match Play
When : Wednesday-Sunday
Where : TPC Harding Park, San Francisco
TV : Golf Channel — Wednesday-Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 3-7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. NBC — Saturday, 7:30-11 p.m.; Sunday, 2-6 p.m.
Purse : $9,250,000, $1,570,000 to winner
What's new : A group-play format, with 16 four-player groups. The top players in each group will be determined by the World Golf Rankings; the remaining three players in each group will be set by blind draw, which will take place Monday.
Format : Each four-player group will play round-robin matches Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The player with the best record in each group advances to a single-elimination match in the Round of 16 on Saturday morning. The quarterfinals are Saturday afternoon, with the semifinals Sunday morning and the championship match Sunday afternoon.