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Justin Rose Wins Dunhill Golf

January 20, 2002

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Justin Rose of England shot a 7-under-par 65 Sunday to win the Dunhill Championship by two strokes for his first European PGA Tour victory.

Rose finished at 20-under 268.

Reigning U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen also closed with a 65 to share second place with England’s Mark Foster (69 Sunday) and South Africa’s Martin Maritz (71).

Maritz mounted a late charge, including eagles at the 14th and 16th, and a birdie at the 17th.

The South African-born Rose missed a birdie putt on the 18th here last year to lose to Adam Scott. Rose had that in mind as he played the final hole Sunday.

``My tee shot ended up in the same spot as Adam’s did last year, so I took it as a good omen, and decided just to set myself up for a chip and putt finish like he did,″ Rose said.

He sealed this victory with a superb 5-iron tee shot at the par-3 17th. The ball landed 2 feet from the cup and he made birdie.

``It was the best 5-iron I’ve ever hit, to be honest,″ Rose said.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els, who carded 63 in the third round, ballooned to a 70 Sunday and finished at 273. He was hurt most by his drive at the 14th, which landed in the water, leading to a double-bogey 6.

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