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Playoff success for Rose

A par at the first extra hole proved enough for Justin Rose to defeat Shawn Stefani in a playoff and win the Quicken Loans National at Congressional.

The Englishman returned to the 18th, the hole he had bogeyed earlier on Sunday to let slip the outright lead in the closing stages, and duly recorded a four second time around, clinching him a sixth triumph on the PGA Tour.

The pair had finished up at four under par after an eventful final round that saw the course in Washington DC provide plenty of drama.

Rose had been on five under, one ahead, as he stood at his 72nd hole, only to drive into the trees on the left. To compound that error, he hooked his second slightly and had to watch as it rolled on into the water by the green.

However he re-gathered his composure to get up and down for a bogey, including sinking a superb long-range putt down the hill from the back of the green that meant he signed for a score of 70.

Having missed a putt to win the tournament at the last, Stefani then made the same mistake as Rose at the start of the playoff on 18, going left off the tee. His tough approach shot when unable to see the green duly got wet.

Only six players recorded a score below par on Sunday and Rose believes course organisers may have been trying to make amends for Rory McIlroy shooting 16 under to win the 2011 US Open.

"I think Congressional got its reputation back after the U.S. Open for sure," Rose Told Sky Sports after winning his sixth PGA Tour title.

"I really enjoy this type of golf and this type of test. I think it tested all of us and for four under par to win this championship was exactly what we bargained for.

"It was a tough golf course coming here and I'm delighted (to win)."

Both Rose and Stefani had started the day three shots back of overnight leader Patrick Reed, who had never before let slip an advantage after 54 holes of a PGA Tour event.

The American had held on at the summit to win at the Wyndham Championship last year to break his duck on the PGA Tour, then went on to do the same at both the Humana Challenge and Cadillac Championship this season.

Yet his hopes of maintaining his perfect record when leading disappeared at the start of the back nine with successive double bogeys. There were further dropped shots at the 13th and 14th, with a bogey at the 17th meaning he ended up with a sorry score of 77.

Playing partner Seung-Yul Noh found life even tougher; he went from the sublime to the ridiculous, following up a five-under 66 on Saturday - the best effort during the third round - with a 79.

American duo Charley Hoffman, who with his 69 was one of just three players to break 70 during the fourth round, and Ben Martin were tied together on three under.

Compatriots Brendan Steele and Brendon Todd were a further shot back along with Andres Romero of Argentina - he carded a 68 that saw his only blemish come at the par-four 15th.