Pressure Off, Rose Blooms

Mike Rutsey -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

The best golfer at Glen Abbey yesterday wasn't Vijay Singh. Justin Rose earned that title by almost lapping the field as he blistered around with an eight-under-par 63 to go to six-under from two-over and finish in a four-way tie for fourth after starting the day tied for 34th.

For his efforts, the 24-year-old native of England earned $177,187 US to move to 57th on the money list with earnings of $1,101,792.

Rose started the day with nothing to lose, bombed away with his driver, changed his putting grip and just rode the wave.

"Obviously I was in a position where I wanted to come out today and do my very best to shoot a low score and try and make up some places," he said. "It all worked out perfectly for me. I knocked in a 30-footer on the third hole which gave me a little momentum and things went from there."

The lone day when things didn't go his way this week was Saturday when he carded a four-over 75.

"I think if you look at that 75 it probably cost me the tournament," Rose said. "There's no doubt about that."

After he shot a 30 on the front yesterday, then birdied two of the first three on the back with two par-5s still ahead, a real lowball number was in the cards.

"After I made birdie on 15 somebody in the crowd shouted, 'Go 59,' " he said. "Then I did a quick count. I needed to go birdie, birdie, eagle."

The 59 went out the window after a bogey on 16.

"That obviously slowed me down but all in all I'm happy," he said.

It was Rose's first Canadian Open and he enjoyed the experience.

"This week has been one of the best (atmospheres)," he said. "The crowds have been fantastic and they got behind me, which has been nice."

A final-round 63 makes the memories that much warmer.


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