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Justin Rose was tied for the lead as he walked to the tee box at 18 at Congressional. After his tee shot found the rough, he tried to hit between two trees and found his ball into the water. Rose would sink a 15-foot bogey putt to stay alive.
One hole behind him was Shawn Stefani, who bogeyed 17, putting both players at 4-under. Stefani missed a birdie putt on 18, which set up the first playoff in the short eight years of this event's existence, according to The Associated Press.
The two squared off on hole 18, where Stefani made the same mistake as Rose had done earlier. Stefani took a drop do to the grandstands, impeding his view of the green. The subsequent shot went into the water allowing Rose to two-putt for par. Stefani made double bogey.
Rose’s win was his first since last summer at the U.S. Open at Merion. This victory marks his sixth PGA Tour win, which moved him up to seventh in the world according to The Associated Press.
"That’s the thing about a playoff," Rose told The Washington Post. "You never underestimate anybody, because a playoff can be won and lost with one swing."