Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stunning Comeback Nicks Win for Rose; GOLF

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stunning Comeback Nicks Win for Rose; GOLF

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JUSTIN Rose produced a brilliant finish to take advantage of a stunning collapse from world number one Dustin Johnson and win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

Rose began the final round eight shots behind Johnson and was still six adrift at the turn, but fired five birdies in a back nine of 31 to complete a closing 67, with Johnson slumping to a 77.

At 14 under par, Rose finished two shots ahead of Ryder Cup partner Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Johnson, who had started the day with a six-shot lead in pursuit of a record third World Golf Championship victory this year.

Rose's second WGC title lifts him from 13th in the world to sixth, with Koepka and Stenson now seventh and eighth respectively, pushing the absent Rory McIlroy down to ninth.

"It's unbelievable," said Rose, whose chances looked to have disappeared when he bogeyed the eighth and ninth to reach the turn in level par.

"It's been a long time since I've won, or at least it feels like that. …

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