Justin Rose leads the way at AT&T Pebble Beach

Justin Rose leads the way at AT&T Pebble Beach

Justin Rose has a two-shot lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach with just nine holes to play in his final round. The tournament has been forced into a fifth day due to unplayable weather conditions over the weekend and will now conclude this evening. 

There are three men two shots adrift of the Englishman on -13 for the week, all of whom will fancy their chances when play resumes. Denny Mccarthy and Brendan Todd have both played more holes than Rose, though, meaning that Peter Malnati arguably has the best chance of snatching victory away from the former world number one. 

Rose and Malnati will be the final players to get underway later on, meaning they will have a better idea of what will be required for victory. Rose’s final shot on Sunday was a perfect drive down the 10th fairway, meaning he’ll have a nice starting shot to get his round back underway. 

Victory for Rose is long overdue. He hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open and showed signs of nerves when he bogeyed the first hole of his final round. He picked himself up, though, and found an eagle and two birdies across his next eight holes.

Rose expecting a close finish 

Despite his two-shot cushion, Justin Rose is far from counting his chicken just yet. The Englishman is well aware of the quality of those hunting him down and is expecting someone to make a big run as the competition draws to a close. Speaking to reporters, he said:

“I felt I played scratchy so I was happy with the shots I was able to pull off at the right time. I worked hard and got a lot out of it. The guys out here don’t care who I am, what name is on the bag. They are here to do a job. The standard is so deep and strong so I need to come out and do my job, keep it clean and take my chances. 

There is less time for someone to make that big run but I am expecting one from someone because they have nothing to lose.”

Aaron Rodgers takes home the amateur prize 

The Pro-Am element of the tournament was sadly cut short due to the weather meaning the professional-amateur pairings were only able to complete three rounds. NFL legend, Aaron Rodgers, came out on top alongside his professional partner, Ben Silverman.

The pair finished with a score of -26, which is quite remarkable when you consider Silverman didn’t even make the cut in the professional event. Ex-footballer Gareth Bale, meanwhile, finished tie for 16th alongside Joseph Bramlett with a respectable score of -16. 

Speaking after completing his third round, Bale told reporters that the past two weeks had been “amazing”. He added:

“I am a big golf fan and appreciate what these players do on the golf course. It is great to play with them, interact and watch what they do. 

Just watching Bramlett strike a ball is just something else He has been incredible and he is an even better guy, which is more important. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner.”

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