Justin Rose began Sunday’s final round of the WGC-HSBC Championship at Shanghai International in the People’s Republic of China figuring he was playing for second place. The 2013 U.S. Open champion had every reason to have that mindset, as world No. 1 and 2016 U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson owned a six-shot lead through 54 holes. Rose began the day eight strokes behind.
But in breezy conditions, Johnson, who was seeking his third WGC and fifth PGA Tour title of 2017, shockingly faded, carding a 5-over-par 77, opening the door for the rest of the field. Rose, whose last victory was his gold-medal performance in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, took full advantage. The 37-year-old produced a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Johnson, reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and Henrik Stenson.
"It's the kind of day you certainly don't expect," said Rose after claiming his second career WGC title. He won the WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2012. . "It's the kind of day you hope for — dream for — but a lot of things need to go your way in order for a day like today to happen, coming from eight shots behind, especially going against a player like DJ."