Monday, October 30

Justin Rose Is the Newest Comeback Kid

DUSTIN JOHNSON BLEW A SIX-SHOT LEAD in Shanghai. The 54-hole leader who had been a birdie machine threw a rod on a windy Sunday en route to a 77.

Meanwhile Justin Rose rallied from 8 shots back to win the WGC-HSBC Champions. Rose carded a 67 including a 31 on the closing 9 for a two-shot victory over Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Henrik Stenson.

No one saw it coming on Saturday night. World No.1 DJ had already won two World Golf Championship events this year and four titles overall. Put a fork in it. This tourney was done. Um, over. But late on Sunday people used words like "collapse," "shocking" and Rose himself uttered "unbelievable."

Rose's Sunday surge tied him with six others for the third-largest final-round comeback in PGA Tour history. Here are the greatest comebacks.

8 Shots
Mark Lye, 1983 Bank of Boston Classic
Hal Sutton, 1985 St. Jude Memphis Classic
Chip Beck, 1990 Buick Open
Scott Simpson, 1998 Buick Invitational
Craig Stadler, 2003 BC Open
Kyle Stanley, 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open
Justin Rose, 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions

9 Shots
Stewart Cink, 2004 MCI Heritage

10 Shots
Paul Lawrie, 1999 Open (Carnoustie)

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