Right when it looked as though Justin Rose might blow a big lead, he chipped in for birdie on the 17th hole to secure a two-shot victory Sunday in the BMW Championship that sends him to East Lake for a shot at $10 million.
Rose closed with an even-par 71 in the rain at Cog Hill for his first win of the year, and it came at just the right time. He was not assured of making the FedEx Cup finale at the Tour Championship, and now he is one of five players who only have to win at East Lake to collect golf's biggest bonus.
But it wasn't easy.
Five shots ahead with 10 holes to play, Rose's lead was down to one after he drove into the trees on the par-5 15th and made bogey. From just short of the 17th green, however, the 31-year-old from England holed a chip from 35 feet for an unlikely birdie that sent him on his way.
John Senden shot 70, and his runner-up finish moved him from No. 55 in the FedEx Cup to No. 9, putting him among the top 30 from the 70 players at Cog Hill to advance to the Tour Championship.
Rose wasn't the only big winner at the third playoff event. Geoff Ogilvy, who had to birdie the last hole at TPC Boston two weeks ago to stay in the playoffs, shot a 69 and finished alone in third. Now he's in the Tour Championship and qualified for the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.
CHAMPIONS: Jay Don Blake beat fellow American John Cook on the fifth playoff hole at the Songdo IBD Championship in Incheon, South Korea, for his first senior tour victory.
The pair both shot 68 in the final round to finish tied at 13-under 203 with Mark O'Meara and Peter Senior at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea. O'Meara and Senior were eliminated from the playoff after bogeys on the third.
Senior shot a final-round 64 to reach the playoff, while O'Meara had a 67.