Rose wins National in playoff

Justin Rose of England made a par on the first playoff hole to turn back Shawn Stefani and win the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Rose seemed to be headed to victory in regulation, but hit his second shot on the 72nd hole out of the rough and into the water before saving bogey with a 15-foot to close out a 1-under-par 70.

Stefani hit almost the same shot as Rose into the water on the extra hole and the Englishman hit the fairway and green before two-putting for par.

“I’m delighted,” said Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion who won for the first time since his major breakthrough at Merion last year and claimed his sixth PGA Tour victory. “Congressional gave us everything we bargained for this week.

“I was excited to play here because I enjoy this type of golf. It’s a tough golf course and it means something to win at 4-under-par. It’s a great test of golf and it was great to win heading to the Open Championship (at Royal Liverpool) in two weeks.”

Stefani, who won twice on the Tour in 2012 and was seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour, also got into the playoff with a 70 when he holed a holed a 14-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole but missed a 10-footer for par on No. 17.

His 20-foot birdie putt to win on the 72nd hole ran past the cup.

Charley Hoffman of Poway and UNLV closed with a 69 that included two late birdies and finished one stroke back in a tie for third with Ben Martin, who had a 71 that was marred by a double-bogey 5 after he hit his tee ball into the water at No. 10.

Brendan Steele of Idyllwild and UC Riverside posted his second straight top-10 finish when he finished with a 71 to tie for fifth, two shots back, despite a double-bogey 6 on the final hole.

Andres Romero of Argentina closed with a 68 and also tied for fifth with Brendon Todd, who had a 71.

Patrick Reed, who had won three times since last August after holding the 54-hole lead, was in the same position this time but finished with a 77 that included three double bogeys and slid to a tie for 11th.

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