Agence France-PresseFebruary 19, 2014 23:02
US Open champion Justin Rose edged upset-minded American Scott Piercy 1 up Wednesday to prevent a total England ouster in round one of the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship.
Rose, the top seed in his quarter of the bracket in the 64-man event, didn't break par until a long eagle putt at the 11th hole to square the match, then nursed a lead off a birdie at the 12th into the clubhouse.
"It wasn't a classic, but it didn't need to be," Rose said. "I kept saying to myself, 'I've got all day to beat him,' and that's the way it turned out."