Sunday in New Orleans was a long day for PGA Tour golfers. The players arose earlier to finish their third round at the TPC Louisiana following a number of stoppages of play on Saturday in Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
When all was said and done, Justin Rose won the event by one shot over Cameron Tringale with a 22-under par total.
The win was Rose’s seventh on the PGA Tour, giving him one win in six consecutive seasons. Rose told reporters following the final round that it is not an easy feat to win a golf tournament each year for six straight years.
The tournament suffered through bad weather starting on Friday when the first thunderstorm hit. Play on Saturday was suspended with everyone still on the course, which led to a very busy final day on Sunday.
Rose started fast and joined Australian Jason Day atop the leader board, finishing his third round one shot ahead of both Blayne Barber and Daniel Berger. Barber took over the lead on the front nine during the final round with consecutive birdies on six and seven. However, he dropped out of contention when he bogeyed nine and then double-bogeying seventeen, after his ball found the water off the tee.
Jim Herman made three consecutive birdies on No. 9 through 11, but Rose was quick to respond with birdies on seven and eight to go ahead by one stroke.
Cameron Tringale then emerged as Rose’s biggest threat when he holed an eagle on seven to tie Rose at 19-under. Tringale then took over sole possession of first on eight with a birdie. Rose missed a putt for birdie on 12 to trail by a shot, but on 13, Rose birdied and Tringale bogeyed and the two-shot swing gave Rose a one shot lead.
Rose birdied 17 to stretch is lead to two shots. He looked to be in trouble with a wayward second shot on the final hole. However, a wonderful up and down for birdie gave him the lead in the clubhouse by two shots following his round of 66.
Rose then watched Tringale just miss birdie on 17, leaving him needing an eagle to tie.
Tringale chipped for an eagle from off the green and came within inches. However, he settled for a birdie and a round of 65 that gave him second place.
Boo Weekley was third with Day and Herman tied for fourth.