Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard: Finished T9 for his fourth top-10 finish in 11 starts at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Opened with under-par scores of 68-66-71 and entered the final round trailing 54-hole leader Jason Day by four strokes before a 1-over 73 left him T9 and seven behind Day. It marked his fifth finish of T17 or better in his first six starts of the season.
Made the cut a career-high 23 times in 25 starts, with a playoff loss at the CIMB Classic the best of his five top-10 finishes. Finished the season No. 22 in the FedExCup standings, marking the third time in four seasons he has advanced to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Finished the season with solid play in the FedExCup Playoffs, finishing 22nd in the season-long competition. Playoffs finishes included T13 at The Barclays, T29 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, T23 at the BMW Championship and T9 at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Won his first FedExCup, won twice on the PGA TOUR (World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, Fort Worth Invitational), made his fifth Ryder Cup team and ascended to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career. Ended the season with 17 made cuts in 18 starts, including double-digit top-10s for the first time in his career (11). Finished in the top five in each of the final three FedExCup Playoffs events. Concluded the season ranked second in Scoring Average (68.99) behind Dustin Johnson (68.69).
AT&T National: Held on for a victory at the AT&T National, his second victory of the season and of his career. Held a five-stroke lead entering the final nine, hit every green in regulation and made seven consecutive pars to finish the tournament and beat Ryan Moore by one stroke. Moore one-putted his last eight greens, including a 12-foot par putt on the 18th hole, for a Sunday-best 65 to make it a battle. Rose two-putted up a dangerous ridge on the tough 17th for par. And with the Fourth of July fireworks booming in the distance, he hit the fairway and green for one last par on the final hole. Rose finished the AT&T National at 10-under 270.
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Advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs for the fifth time in his career, making it to the TOUR Championship for the fourth time, entering the Playoffs finale in the No. 20 position in the FedExCup standings. Finished T10 at East Lake to end his season No. 20 in the FedExCup standings. Recorded 14 top-25 finishes (one shy of benchmark 15 in 2011) from 26 starts. Of those, three were top-five showings, led by a runner-up finish at the Barracuda Championship. Turned in an impressive Playoffs performance, with four top-25 finishes. Closed the Playoffs with a T15 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, T24 at the BMW Championship and T10 at the TOUR Championship, where he improved with each round (72-70-69-67).
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