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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 November 2007, 16:26 GMT
Volvo Masters as it happened
Justin Rose
Rose recovered from a back nine wobble at Valderrama

Leaders:
-1 J Rose, S Dyson, S Kjeldsen
+1G McDowell, P Harrington
+4 I Poulter

Justin Rose won his first European Tour Order of Merit title as he claimed the Volvo Masters on the second hole of a three-way play-off.

Ernie Els led the standings but his decision to play in Singapore gave Rose and Padraig Harrington the chance to pounce at Valderrama.

Harrington struggled to get going, but Rose shrugged off a back nine wobble to force a play-off.

Simon Dyson and Soren Kjeldsen battled hard, but Rose held his nerve.

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By Phil Harlow

1614: "I'm emotional now, it was a hard day but I dug deep - there must be an easier way of doing this!"
Justin Rose

1609: Soren Kjeldsen is first to putt, but his effort comes up just short of its target.

But Justin Rose strides up to the ball and knocks in a great putt to put the pressure on Simon Dyson.

The Englishman gives it his all, but the ball goes just left of the hole, and Rose completes the perfect day in style as he seals the European Tour Order of Merit and the Volvo Masters.

1606: "I backed Rose at 14-1 and Kjeldsen at 80-1 so fingers crossed!"
Ken, Aberdeen, via text

1604: An excellent approach shot from Justin Rose is swiftly followed by a carbon copy from Simon Dyson.

Soren Kjeldsen is in no mood to lie down though and puts his ball in a similar position. All three balls are within about 10 feet of each other.

The shadows are lengthening quickly at Valderrama, so these players will want to get this done and dusted as soon as possible.

1558: Soren Kjeldsen and Simon Dyson both hold their nerve and all three end with pars. We're off to the 10th for another go at separating the trio.

1557: Justin Rose taps in from short range for a four. Simon Dyson also has a gimme for a four, with Soren Kjeldsen having a trickier putt to stay in contention.

1548: Just to confirm, Ernie Els finishes up second behind Justin Rose in the Order of Merit standings with Padraig Harrington, now signing autographs for a sea of admirers, in third place.

1543: The three players in the play-off are going through the formalities with the officials, with a toss of a coin deciding in which order they will tee off in.

Simon Dyson goes first with an excellent tee shot straight up the middle of the fairway on the 18th. Justin Rose is next with an almost identical tee shot, and Soren Kjeldsen follows suit. They are all in good shape for the hole at this stage.

1541: "Incredible finish to the season. Golf is the winner today, no matter who emerges victorious."
RARD on 606

1534: A great shot from Justin Rose as he gets to within a couple of inches of the hole with his shot from the edge of the green.

He taps in for a bogey, and finishes on one under. We're set for a play-off, but whatever happens Rose will claim the Order of Merit.

Dyson also gets in the hole in two shots and we've got a three-player play-off for the final event of the season.

1533: The nerves are jangling at the last with Justin Rose and Simon Dyson both making mistakes with their approaches to the green.

Rose is short of distance and in some rough grass to the left of the green, while Dyson overhits his effort and ends up at the back of the green.

1530: Not the tee shot that Simon Dyson wanted as he comes up short and sees his ball trickle back down the slope.

1527: Padraig Harrington knocks in a par at the last to send at one over. A brave effort from the Irishman, but it just never quite happened for him.

1520: Justin Rose is back in the swing of things now as he claims the lead with a birdie at the 17th.

He has the outright lead for all of 15 seconds before playing partner Simon Dyson knocks in his own birdie at the same hole to join Rose at two under. Regardless, it's all looking very nice for Rose's Order of Merit hopes.

1511: Soren Kjeldsen is angry with himself as he bogeys the last to end on one under. Still he has the clubhouse lead, and can only sit and watch now.

1510: After an albatross at the last hole, it's back to earth with a bump for Graeme McDowell as he double bogeys the last to slip back to one over.

1504: Simon Dyson holes a close-range birdie put to join the crowd at one under.

1502: The pressure is getting to Soren Kjeldsen as he plays a terrible shot off the tee at the last. He has some serious work to do.

Meanwhile, Justin Rose shows good composure to leave a long distance birdie putt eight inches short of the hole.

1456: Padraig Harrington bogeys the 16th after missing a makeable par putt. That could well be that in terms of the Irishman's title and Order of Merit hopes.

1449: Incredible stuff at Valderrama as a birdie from Soren Kjeldsen takes him into the outright lead at two under.

Justin Rose stops the rot with a par at the 15th.

1443: Double blimey. An albatross two at the par-five 17th catapults Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell into a share of the lead at one under.

He celebrates wildly, as well he might. What a shot.

1440: Blimey. A brilliant two at the 15th from Harrington takes him to level par and within a shot of Justin Rose.

1438: Justin Rose's miserable back nine continues as his brave par putt scrapes the edge of the hole but refuses to drop. Another bogey and he's back to one under, with Soren Kjeldsen sharing the lead.

1436: Justin Rose chips out of the bunker with a delicate shot, but it still runs well past the hole to the edge of the green, giving him a 10 or 12-footer for par.

1433: This is going horribly wrong for Justin Rose as he totally misjudges his approach to the green at the 14th, shooting way past the green and into a nasty-looking bunker.

Wrong club or too much adrenaline? Either way, it could be yet another dropped shot for the Englishman.

1427: Another dropped shot from Justin Rose at the 13th, who is really feeling the heat now as he drops to two under.

A quick reminder of the situation in terms of the Order of Merit title:

Current Order of Merit standings:
1. Ernie Els - 2,496,237 euros
2. Padraig Harrington - 2,278,942
3. Justin Rose - 2,278,285

So, that means Els is 217,295 euros ahead of Harrington; Els is 217,952 ahead of Rose; and Harrington is 657 ahead of Rose.

The prize fund for the tournament is as follows:
1. 666,660 euros
2. 444,440
3. 250,400
4. 200,000

Therefore, for Harrington to win the Order of Merit, he must finish ahead of or tied with Rose, and no worse than a four-way tie for second or two-way tie for third.

For Rose to win the Order of Merit, he must finish ahead of Harrington, and no worse than a four-way tie for second or two-way tie for third.

1418: A par for Soren Kjeldsen at the 15th keeps him within two shots of leader Justin Rose, who pars the 12th. This could get very interesting.

1403: Oops-a-daisy. Justin Rose's tentative stab at the bogey putt comes up short and he has to settle for a double bogey seven. Rose is back to three under, and we have a live tournament back on our hands.

Fortunately for him, Padraig Harrington's birdie putt at the 12th just misses the target.

1400: Some hope for the field as Justin Rose makes a meal of the 11th. He finds the bunker and then sees his shot out of the sand clip the top of the sandbank and land a couple of inches forward in the rough.

Rose's next shot finds another bunker and gives him a tricky putt to make his bogey.

Padraig Harrington, meanwhile, has a decent chance of a birdie.

1355: Another par for Justin Rose at the 10th. Will anyone get close enough to put him under pressure?

1343: As things stand, Justin Rose will be the European Tour Order of Merit winner, with Padraig Harrington also surpassing Ernie Els's winnings to take second.

1341: The body language sys it all as Padraig Harrington looks to the skies after his birdie putt at the 10th just misses the cup. He desperately needed that to drop.

1334: Padraig Harrington's chip shot to the green at the ninth gets some spin back to enable himself to make a bogey - not great, but it could have been much worse.

Meanwhile, Justin Rose birdies the ninth to go back out to five under. The tournament - and therefore the Order of Merit title - are his to lose now.

1320: Just what Padraig Harrington didn't want as he goes astray off the tee at the ninth. How will he go about rescuing this unpromising situation?

Justin Rose gets back on track with a par at the eighth.

1309: An error by Justin Rose - he misses a short putt on the seventh for a bogey and slips back to four under.

It will be very interesting to see how he responds to this setback with the pressure very much on.

Padraig Harrington makes a par at the eighth, and is still within striking distance if he can find top form.

1259: Justin Rose makes par at the sixth, and Padraig Harrington also nails his putt at the seventh for a par of his own.

Rose is doing his job very well so far, keeping plenty of daylight between himself and the rest of the field.

1255: Padraig Harrington's challenge is starting to falter as he misjudges a birdie chance off the edge of the green at the seventh. He'll need a good putt back up the hill to salvage a par.

1244: Justin Rose keeps his momentum going with a solid par at the fifth. One hole further on, Harrington also makes a par to keep the gap between the pair at five shots.

1238: Padraig Harrington pays the price for a poor approach shot at the fifth as he drops a shot to fall back to level par, five shots behind Justin Rose.

Could this be the pivotal swing in the battle for the Order of Merit title?

1232: Excellent stuff from Justin Rose as he rolls in a superb birdie putt at the fourth to move out to five under. The chasing pack will do well to reel him in here.

Meanwhile, Rose's playing partner Simon Dyson - wearing a truly dreadful shirt - makes a bogey at the same hole.

Dyson's shirt is a sight to behold, although he is a bit sneaky about it. He lures you in to thinking it's a normal white polo shirt with a plain front. But when he turns around, it reveals some random splodges of bright colours in a headache-inducing pattern. Not pretty.

1225: Calculators out, everybody. To put this all into context, here are the Order of Merit standings, as it, er, stands:
1. Ernie Els - 2,496,237 euros
2. Padraig Harrington - 2,278,942
3. Justin Rose - 2,278,285

So, that means Els is 217,295 euros ahead of Harrington; Els is 217,952 ahead of Rose; and Harrington is 657 ahead of Rose.

The prize fund for the tournament is as follows:
1. 666,660 euros
2. 444,440
3. 250,400
4. 200,000

Therefore, for Harrington to win the Order of Merit, he must finish ahead of or tied with Rose, and no worse than a four-way tie for second or two-way tie for third.

For Rose to win the Order of Merit, he must finish ahead of Harrington, and no worse than a four-way tie for second or two-way tie for third.

Capiche?

1223: "Good Luck to Justin Rose. It will be excellent for him to win and finish on top in the Order of Merit. He deserves this one."
Alex1331 on 606

1219: A missed opportunity for Padraig Harrington at the fourth as he fluffs a makeable birdie putt, pushing it left of the hole.

The Irishman may have been slightly put off by a lengthy delay to proceedings after playing partner Martin Kaymer's lie requires lengthy consultation with the officials.

Still, Harrington - who questioned the controversial ruling to give Kaymer a favourable drop - knocks in the return putt for another par.

1215: It's pars all round for the two main men as they both get through the third hole without too much concern. It's a decent start from both men, but it's Padraig Harrington who is going to need to start taking the risks.

1155: Justin Rose gets himself in a bit of bother at the second but pulls a confident putt out of the bag from the edge of the green to save his par.

Padraig Harrington makes a solid par at the same hole to keep the gap at three shots.

1140: After an arduous season, it looks like it's all going to boil down to the final 18 holes of the final tournament of the season.

With a not inconsiderable 666,660 euros on offer to the winner (as opposed to a meagre 444,440 euros for second place) there is every chance that Justin Rose or Padraig Harrington could claim a remarkable triumph in the European Tour Order of Merit and pip Ernie Els to the title.

Effectively, it's a straight shoot-out between Rose and Harrington on a blustery day in Valderrama.

Harrington, paired with Martin Kaymer in the penultimate group, started four shots behind leader Rose, but the Irishman made the perfect start with an excellent birdie at the first.

Rose, meanwhile, parred his opening hole.

SEE ALSO
Iain Carter's column
11 Oct 07 |  Golf
Volvo Masters leaderboard
01 Nov 07 |  Golf


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