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Justin Rose wins title and Order of Merit

Justin Rose rubber-stamped his European money-list victory by winning a three-way playoff for the Volvo Masters title on Sunday.

Rose claimed the 2007 order of merit by making the playoff against compatriot Simon Dyson and Dane Soren Kjeldsen, beating them with a birdie at the second extra hole.

The trio had finished on one-under 283, two strokes better than Rose's rival for the order of merit, Irishman Padraig Harrington, and Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell who sprang into contention with an albatross on the 17th.

After all three parred the first extra hole, Rose holed from 15 feet to take the $960,000 first prize.

The 27-year-old had started the day four strokes ahead of the field. He moved to five under by the turn and maintained his overnight lead but then collapsed dramatically, a double-bogey on the long 11th beginning a worrying run of four dropped shots in five holes to card a 74.

"It is a relief, I don't think there is an easy way of doing it," Rose told reporters. "It was terrible. I made a couple of mental errors.

"I told myself to keep grinding out, though. On the 16th it looked dire when I was 50 feet from the flag. Two putts there were the key to hanging on. I could have lost everything, the order of merit as well as the tournament.

"Then, just getting into a playoff would not have been consolation; I want to win tournaments," Rose said.

Rose, who finished 448,708 euro in front of the absent Ernie Els of South Africa, said of his order of merit success: "The key to it has been my consistency, with a win last year and three second places this year.

"It wasn't a goal earlier but when I finished second in the Bridgestone (WGC) I began to realize it was possible and this is now an amazing icing on the cake."

Rose's victory took him to seventh place on the world rankings, a leap of five places. He is also now 424,877 points ahead on Europe's Ryder Cup points list.

Kjeldsen, starting the week 30th on the order of merit, went in search of his second title with a blazing start, picking up six threes, including four birdies, in the first seven holes for a 67.

Dyson, playing with Rose, made his move with four birdies on the back nine, shooting a 70.

Bogeys by Kjeldsen first, then Rose and Dyson, sent the tournament into extra holes.

British Open champion Harrington finally lost the chance of retaining his order of merit honor when he missed a five-foot birdie putt on the treacherous 17th and that subsequently prevented him overtaking Els as he finished third on the money list.

McDowell earned a tie with him by holing out with a seven-iron from 170 yards on the 17th but double-bogeyed the last to miss out on the playoff.



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