2014 Quicken Loans National results: Justin Rose wins playoff at Congressional

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

On a weekend where Congressional played as tough as a U.S. Open, last year's winner of America's national championship emerges with a playoff win in the Quicken Loans National.

Justin Rose won the 2014 Quicken Loans National on Sunday evening, but again, the course, Congressional, may have been the biggest victor. The four leaders on Friday night at the 36-mole mark stood at 6-under, and by Sunday night, 4-under was good enough to get into a playoff with Shawn Stefani and Rose going to extra holes.

I wrote on Saturday night that Patrick Reed was on top of the leaderboard just by "holding on" at a Congressional layout that was playing tougher than the USGA setup for the 2011 U.S. Open. Reed's chances at a fourth win in less than 12 months were toast early on Sunday, and he was done for good when he put one in the water at the 10th for his first of back-to-back double bogeys after making the turn. With Reed scuffling and no one in the final pairings able to post red numbers and make a move, Justin Rose jumped up to the top of a leaderboard, finishing about an hour before the final group came into the house.

Rose shot a 1-under 70 to get to 4-under, but he needed a clutch bogey putt on the 18th hole just to have a chance. For much of the back nine, he held sole possession of the lead at 5-under, but the 18th was a mess until he poured in that last putt. It started with an ugly hooked drive that rattled around in the left trees. From that position, he tried to pull off a miraculous punch out and run it up onto the peninsula green. But the punch-approach was short and went rolling into the water on the front-left side of the putting surface. Rose would make his drop, although not without difficulty, and then blast his pitch well past the hole. Rose, however, would knuckle down and drain the 15-foot comebacker for the "bogey" save. It was an adventure, but he did enough to get to the playoff.

With that bogey, Rose dropped out of sole possession of the lead to share the top spot with Stefani, who had just bogeyed the 17th to fall back to 4-under. Stefani would have chance to end it himself on the 18th green with a birdie, but his putt just burned to edge.

While Reed and Seung-Yol Noh played out formalities in the final pairing, the Rose-Stefani duo went back to the 18th tee for the first playoff hole. Stefani made a mess in much the same way Rose did in regulation, except he couldn't pull off a save to keep the tournament going. He rocketed his drive way left, just like Rose about an hour earlier. But with his ball in the trees and behind a grandstand, he'd get relief from the "immovable obstruction." Stefani still had to run a punch shot out of the trees just to get up on the green, and he made the exact same mistake as Rose in regulation, running it short and left into the water surrounding the peninsula.

On his second tour through the 18th, Rose steadily bombed his drive in the middle of the fairway and then put his approach shot safely on the back of the green after watching Stefani run his into the water. He'd two putt out for par and his sixth PGA Tour win, including his second at this event. When Rose won it the first time, it was the AT&T National and was played up in Philadelphia at Aronimink. His PGA Tour resume is pretty loaded, with wins at Memorial, the U.S. Open at Merion, Cog Hill, Doral, Aronimink, and now Congressional.

Rose has long been one of the top players in the world, and earned that career-defining U.S. Open win just a year ago at Merion. The conditions were U.S. Open-like this week at Congressional, and he repeatedly said he preferred the firm, fast, and tough setup that made double-digit under-par impossible to reach (McIlroy won the 2011 U.S. Open here at 16-under). He was certainly the biggest name on the first page of the leaderboard at the start of Sunday. That's not been a great position for some of the bigger names in an underwhelming season where those top stars have faltered on the weekend. But after a bit of a slow start to the 2014 season due to a shoulder injury from throwing a golf ball, Rose might be back on track with his national Open at Royal Liverpool just two weeks away.

Tiger Woods, whose comeback from injury at his own event was the biggest story of the week/month/season, did not stick around to hand out the trophy to Rose on Sunday night.

Woods missed the cut by a good four shots on Friday, struggling in several areas as he tries to get into competitive shape for the Open Championship. Woods' foundation organizes and benefits from this tournament, and he had presented the trophy last year to Bill Haas even when he wasn't around playing still (that was due to an elbow injury). But he had jetted out of town well before Rose locked things up in the playoff Sunday night.

Here are the final results from this year's Quicken Loans National:

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

4th Round

T1

Justin Rose

-4

74

65

71

70

T1

Shawn Stefani

-4

74

68

68

70

T3

Charley Hoffman

-3

72

72

68

69

T3

Ben Martin

-3

72

68

70

71

T5

Andres Romero

-2

70

72

72

68

T5

Brendan Steele

-2

74

66

71

71

T5

Brendon Todd

-2

72

70

69

71

T8

Billy Hurley III

-1

69

73

70

71

T8

Brendon de Jonge

-1

71

68

71

73

T8

Marc Leishman

-1

70

66

73

74

T11

Robert Garrigus

E

73

70

70

71

T11

Jordan Spieth

E

74

70

69

71

T11

Billy Horschel

E

70

68

74

72

T11

Ricky Barnes

E

67

69

75

73

T11

Hudson Swafford

E

69

68

73

74

T11

Richard Lee

E

74

68

68

74

T11

Freddie Jacobson

E

67

71

71

75

T11

Patrick Reed

E

68

68

71

77

T19

Stewart Cink

1

74

69

71

71

T19

John Huh

1

72

72

70

71

T21

Brandt Snedeker

2

70

70

75

71

T21

Tyrone van Aswegen

2

68

74

73

71

T21

Steven Bowditch

2

73

71

70

72

T24

Russell Knox

3

73

67

78

69

T24

Angel Cabrera

3

71

74

69

73

T24

Tim Wilkinson

3

70

71

72

74

T24

Michael Putnam

3

69

72

72

74

T24

Brady Watt

3

71

71

71

74

T24

Hunter Mahan

3

71

73

69

74

T30

Roberto Castro

4

71

72

75

70

T30

Greg Chalmers

4

66

78

72

72

T30

George McNeill

4

69

69

77

73

T30

Webb Simpson

4

72

73

71

72

T30

Cameron Tringale

4

70

71

73

74

T30

Daniel Summerhays

4

70

72

71

75

T30

Nick Watney

4

69

75

69

75

T30

Bill Haas

4

68

72

71

77

T30

Seung-yul Noh

4

73

70

66

79

T39

J.J. Henry

5

74

69

74

72

T39

Retief Goosen

5

69

71

76

73

T39

Davis Love III

5

72

70

74

73

T39

Brian Davis

5

72

73

71

73

T39

John Rollins

5

72

72

71

74

T39

Andrew Loupe

5

74

70

69

76

T39

Matt Every

5

71

69

72

77

T46

Andrew Svoboda

6

71

72

76

71

T46

John Merrick

6

74

71

73

72

T46

Erik Compton

6

68

73

75

74

T46

Charles Howell III

6

71

73

72

74

T46

Trevor Immelman

6

74

71

71

74

T46

Peter Hanson

6

72

68

75

75

T46

Ben Curtis

6

75

69

71

75

T46

Stuart Appleby

6

70

67

76

77

T46

Gary Woodland

6

72

71

69

78

T55

Kevin Chappell

7

71

72

76

72

T55

Sean O'Hair

7

73

71

74

73

T55

Carl Pettersson

7

72

69

76

74

T55

Heath Slocum

7

72

72

72

75

T55

Patrick Rodgers

7

73

69

73

76

T55

Geoff Ogilvy

7

70

72

72

77

T55

J.B. Holmes

7

72

72

70

77

T55

Ryan Palmer

7

73

71

70

77

T55

Oliver Goss

7

70

66

76

79

T64

Jason Bohn

8

71

71

78

72

T64

Bo Van Pelt

8

71

71

78

72

T64

D.H. Lee

8

73

71

75

73

T64

K.J. Choi

8

69

72

75

76

T64

Spencer Levin

8

69

74

73

76

T69

Kevin Kisner

9

75

68

78

72

T69

James Driscoll

9

71

74

74

74

T71

Scott Brown

10

72

72

74

76

T71

Morgan Hoffmann

10

70

68

78

78

T71

Scott Stallings

10

75

70

68

81

74

Robert Streb

13

74

71

75

77

75

Rory Sabbatini

16

71

74

77

78

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