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Playoffs dominate with Rose headlining comeback wins

Justin Rose, Bernhard Langer and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti all managed to close out playoff victories Sunday, while Rolex World No. 1 Stacy Lewis solidified her place atop the rankings with a comeback victory of her own by a shot.

Rose (who moved up to 8th in the Official World Golf Ranking Monday) was one of just five players to break par at Congressional Country Club at the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National.

His round of 70 placed him a playoff against Shawn Stefani and a shot clear of Charley Hoffman and Ben Martin. The triumph was Rose’s 6th career PGA Tour win. Rose was a 14-to-1 selection at www.skybet.com. He won the tournament in 2010 –at a different venue — and finished T-12 at the U.S. Open two weeks ago.

On the European Tour, Zanotti clawed through a 4-man playoff including Henrik Stenson, Gregory Havret and Rafael Cabrera-Bello to win the BMW International Open in Germany. Zanotti, who was 305th in the world heading into the event, shot 65 in the final round and then edged Stenson on the fifth playoff hole to seal it.

Stenson remained second in the world rankings behind the idle Adam Scott followed by Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods.

Lewis, who was runner-up last week at the U.S. Women’s Open, landed her third win of the 2014 season in comeback fashion and in front of her home-state fans at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. She beat Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko and Angela Stanford by the shot in a Sunday shootout.

Other Golf news:

  • Langer slipped past a charging Jeff Sluman in a playoff to win the Constellation Senior Players Championship. Langer continues to lead the Charles Schwab Cup standings on the Champions Tour. He was the betting favorite at 6 1/2-1 odds.
  • For Lewis, she logged her 13th Top 10 of the season in 15 starts with Sunday’s victory. She also passed Michelle Wie into the lead for the LPGA Tour’s Money List.
  • Patrick Reed, the overnight leader at the Quicken Loans National, stumbled to a 77 in the final round and ended up T-11 alongside Jordan Spieth, Brendan Steele, and Freddie Jacobson.