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Adam too good, admits Rose

It was a case of Adam Scott winning the PGA Grand Slam of Golf rather than Justin Rose losing it.

At least that's how Rose felt after watching his close friend break the course record with an “amazing finish” to yesterday's final round at Port Royal.

Scott trailed Rose by a four shots with ten holes to play but pulled ahead of the Englishman with a stunning eagle on the 17th hole.

“I started with a two-shot lead and somebody had to shoot well to beat me,” said Rose, who carded a 69, finishing two shots behind Scott.

“When you're in that position you want to close it out. But when somebody finishes it out like that, you have to tip your hat and say you were beaten rather than losing.

“He was four-under the last six, so that's a strong finish.”

It was all going so well for Rose who doubled his overnight lead with four consecutive birdies on holes four, five, six and seven.

But Scott kept him in his sights and hardly put a foot wrong with a fine exhibition of error-free golf down the back nine in difficult conditions.

“I didn't really play all that well today but was hanging on,” added Rose. “And Adam, to give him credit there, had an amazing finish.

“I didn't have my best game all week really, and I'd have really been pleased if I had gone ahead and won because I didn't really feel like I had my best stuff.”

A slow start to yesterday's final round put paid to Jason Dufner's hopes of staking a claim for the pink jacket.

The American, who finished five shots behind Scott, was never in contention and struggled in the wind and rain with a bogey-riddled final round.

“I had a little bit of a slow start today to go with a poor finish yesterday,” he said.

“It kind of put me behind it, and then we played five or six holes in some pretty bad conditions.

“It's just tough trying to catch a guy and you're making bogeys and they are grinding it out.”

For defending champion Padraig Harrington, the damage had been done in Tuesday's opening round when he shot a miserable 74, leaving him trailing overnight leader Rose by seven shots.

And it didn't really get much better for the out-of-sorts Irishman who shot an even-par 71 to finish eight behind.

“I knew I needed to get off to a quick start, which didn't happen,” said the three-time major winner.

“The damage was done yesterday and trying to catch up with the guys was always going to be a tough ask.

“If you don't get a big start, it certainly is a long way back.”

Despite his forgettable 36-holes, Harrington said he had enjoyed his sojourn to Bermuda and was looking forward to a relaxing few days on the Island.

“Look, it is a great week. You do enjoy it more than any other tournament,” he said.

“But saying that, you are focused on playing the golf. Now that the golf is finished, I will take more of the sights of Bermuda in.

“I hope the weather is going to be good. Please tell me it's going to be sunny.”

Where did it all go wrong? Justin Rose holds his hand on his head on the 18th hole. (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published October 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm (Updated October 17, 2013 at 10:08 am)

Adam too good, admits Rose

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