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Sunday, 2 June, 2002, 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK
Rose masters Woburn
Justin Rose
Rose was three shots adrift at the start of the day

England's Justin Rose came from behind to win the British Masters by one shot from Ian Poulter at Woburn.

Rose began the day three shots adrift of overnight leader Philip Price and one shot behind Poulter.

But a blistering final round of 65 gave Rose his fourth victory of the season after two wins in South Africa and one in Japan.

The Hampshire-based 21-year-old blitzed three birdies inside his first five holes and picked up four more shots to finish on 19-under.

Poulter had overhauled Price for the lead halfway through the final round but despite two Tour wins under his belt - the Italian Open in 2000 and the Moroccan Open last year - he was unable to stay clear.

England's Ian Poulter
Poulter led before bogeying 16

His 68 included eight birdies but crucially he leaked four bogeys with the decisive dropped shot coming after a three-putt at 16 to Rose's par.

He then missed a seven-footer at the last to force a play-off with the man who had been his lodger all week.

Rose admitted he could not believe the year he is having.

"It's pinch yourself stuff," said Rose.

"Four victories is amazing, but I feel comfortable with it and I need to keep working hard. I've got lots of goals for myself.

"The last three wins have been in far and distant places, so it's very special to be able to give the family a hug this time."

And he spared a though for his beaten landlord.


It was definitely a shame there had to be a loser
Justin Rose
"We're very close friends, but it's the first time we've been paired together on tour and for it to be in the last group on the last day was brilliant.

"We said that we'd never had so much fun on the course. He's got to be disappointed, but a one-two for the house isn't bad.

"It was definitely a shame there had to be a loser. He is a great competitor and plays with guts, heart and determination, but the round was played in an incredible spirit.

Meanwhile, Price trod water with a level-par 72 to finish on 15-under.

A member of Sam Torrance's Ryder Cup team he was one-under at the turn but a double-bogey six at the 13th put the brakes on and despite a birdie at 14 his chance had gone.

Colin Montgomerie finished with a 68 for 14-under and fourth place after making a belated move up the leaderboard.

Defying his bad back, Montgomerie parred the first eight holes before picking up his first birdie at the ninth.

He gained further shots at 11 and 12 and then fired back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 before parring home.

Confident

Montgomerie went into the tournament on the back of two second place finishes - in the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open and the Volvo PGA Championshp - and was vying to go top in the Volvo Order of Merit.

A win would have sent Montgomerie clear of European champion Retief Goosen at the top of the standings as he seeks to add an eighth title to the seven he won between 1993 and 1999.

He will, though, head to the US Open at Bethpage on 13 June in confident mood as he tries to break his Major duck.

Meanwhile, Gary Evans finished fifth on 13-under after a final 71, with Mark Roe heading a host of players on 11-under.

The next event on the European Tour is the English Open at the Forest of Arden course in Warwickshire starting on 6 June.


Final leaderboard (GB and Irl unless stated):

19 under - Justin Rose
18 under - Ian Poulter
15 under - Philip Price
14 under - Colin Montgomerie
13 under - Gary Evans
11 under - Mark Roe, Frederik Andersson (Swe), Greg Owen, David Carter, Soren Hansen (Den)

Selected others:
10 under - Paul Lawrie, Padraig Harrington
9 under - Sandy Lyle
5 under - Lee Westwood, Nick Dougherty
4 under - Sam Torrance
Level - Ian Woosnam, Darren Clarke

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