Hoffman sneaks Chrysler Classic

Justin Rose’s wait for a first win in America goes on, after his birdie attempt slipped by the 90th and final hole at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and allowed home hope Charley Hoffman to break his tour duck after a play-off against his compatriot John Rollins.

Justin Rose’s wait for a first win in America goes on, after his birdie attempt slipped by the 90th and final hole at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and allowed home hope Charley Hoffman to break his tour duck after a play-off against his compatriot John Rollins.

Long-time leader Rose, five clear during the fourth round and three ahead early on the last day in California, still shared top spot with one to play.

But while the 26-year-old, winner of the Australian Masters in his last start of 2006, could only par the 564-yard 18th at the Country Club, Hoffman, in the group ahead, made eagle, and fellow American Rollins then birdied to force the play-off.

Rose, who managed only a four-over-par 76 in the difficult conditions, had to settle for third place and his 17th top-10 finish on the US Tour.

Jeff Quinney and Heath Slocum shared fourth, the former after a dramatic hole-in-one on the 17th had brought him only one behind.

There was no last-day charge from Masters champion Phil Mickelson. In his first tournament since the Ryder Cup last September, he slumped to a 78 and finished only 45th. Ian Poulter matched Rose’s 76 to b tied for 60th.

Hoffman prevailed when he made a birdie in the play-off to defeat Rollins on the same hole where he had made his 11-foot eagle putt in regulation on 18.

Rollins got into the play-off by two-putting from 25 feet on his final hole, but his drive on the play-off hole went right into the fairway bunker.

Hoffman, who earns $900,000 (€694,000) for his victory, and Rollins both finished on a 17-under 343.

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