Hong Kong Open: Justin Rose claims narrow victory

Justin Rose
Justin Rose carded three birdies on the final nine holes on his way to victory
Hong Kong Open leaderboard
-17 J Rose (Eng); -16 L Bjerregaard (Den); -11 M Fitzpatrick (Eng), S Lee (Kor), P Reed (US), J Scrivener (Aus); -10 M Ford (Eng), W Lin (Tai), A Lahiri (Ind), Y Yang (Kor); Selected others:-9 B Evans (Eng); -7 R McEvoy (Eng), D Drysdale (Sco); -6 O Fisher (Eng), G McDowell (NI); -5 I Poulter (Eng)

England's Justin Rose has won his eighth European Tour title with victory at the Hong Kong Open.

Lucas Bjerregaard moved two shots ahead of Rose on the ninth, but a birdie for the Englishman on the 10th and bogey for the Dane on 11 levelled things.

Bjerregaard double bogeyed the 14th and Rose hit a two-under 68 to finish on 17 under, one clear of the 24-year-old.

England's Matthew Fitzpatrick finished tied in third on 11 under while countryman Ian Poulter tied for 29th.

Fitzpatrick, who won the British Masters at Woburn a fortnight ago, was primed to finish third on his own.

However, three bogeys and a birdie in his final four holes saw the 21-year-old drop back to 11 under.

Poulter, who made a last-minute journey from Orlando to play this week in order to help maintain his European Tour membership, finished at five under after a closing 69.

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