Honma clubs are definitely going to fly off the shelves this year and Mark King must be grinning ear-to-ear.
A nervy start for Justin Rose did not deter his eventual victory. After three bogeys in the first five holes, the Englishman had his three-shot lead cut to one. After making a few crucial putts at the turn, Rose restored his lead and never looked back, despite Adam Scott’s late surge, closing with four birdies in a row.
Rose finished at 21-under 267 for a two-shot victory over Australian Scott, and Hideki Matsuyama who posted a 67 for 16-under total.
“The offseason was short and sharp,” Rose said. “I didn’t know how I was going to come out. It’s awesome to play that well this week.”
Tiger Woods started the final round 13 shots behind and he wanted to get into double figures. The current world number-13 birdied his last two holes for a 31 on the front nine to shoot 67 and finish at 10-under 278.
“I got a little bit sharper each day and my rounds got a little bit cleaner, I made less mistakes,” said Woods, who was making his first PGA Tour start of 2019. “I started to get the feel back for hitting the golf ball under tournament speed, that’s a little bit different. I didn’t quite make as many putts as I wanted to, but I felt like I was hitting the ball on my line, just not reading them right.”
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