Justin Rose got his mistake out of the way one hole early and won the Quicken Loans National in a playoff Sunday over Shawn Stefani in Bethesda, Maryland.
Tied for the lead as he played the 18th hole at Congressional, Rose tried to hit through two trees left of the fairway and overturned the shot. It ran down a bank and into the water, and he had to hole a 15-foot bogey putt just to stay in the game.
That proved to be the biggest shot the Brit hit all day.
Behind him, Stefani made bogey on No. 17 to set up the first playoff in the eight-year history of this event.
Then it was Stefani who essentially repeated Rose's mistake on the first extra hole at No. 18. After taking a drop because the grandstands blocked his view of the green, he tried to play a low punch to the right side of the green. His shot also had too much turn and bounded into the water.
Rose hit the middle of the green from the fairway and two-putted for a par 4. Stefani made double bogey.
It was Rose's first win since the U.S. Open last summer at Merion, and it felt like he won another U.S. Open as tough as Congressional played. It was a far stronger test than when the Open was held in soggy conditions in 2011.
"Congressional got its reputation back after the U.S. Open," said Rose, who also won this event in 2010 when it was played at Aronimink. "I really enjoy this type of golf and this type of test."
Rose and Stefani each closed with a 1-under 70 -- only six players broke par in the final round -- and finished at 4-under 280.
Rose, who won $1,170,000, also saved par on the 17th with an 8-foot putt.
Third-round leader Patrick Reed had a two-shot lead at the turn, only to start the back nine with consecutive double bogeys on his way to a 41. He closed with a 77 and tied for 11th at 284.
Charley Hoffman (69) and Ben Martin (71) tied for third at 281.
LPGA: Top-ranked Stacy Lewis made a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers.
Lewis, who played at the University of Arkansas, closed with a 6-under 65 to finished at 12-under 201 at Pinnacle Country Club. Lydia Ko (65), Cristie Kerr (67) and Angela Stanford (67) tied for second.
Second-round leader Michelle Wie shot a 73 to tie for eighth at 8 under. The Stanford graduate had won the Women's U.S. Open last weekend at Pinehurst No. 2.
Champions: Bernhard Langer made a 5-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Jeff Sluman to win the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh. Langer appeared to be in trouble when his second shot on the par-5 18th ended up in the rough short of the green. He hit a brilliant pitch and made the putt after Sluman's birdie attempt rolled wide. Langer shot an even-par 70 to finish at 15-under 265 at Fox Chapel. Sluman had a bogey-free 65.
European: Fabrizio Zanotti prevailed in a playoff at the BMW International to become the first Paraguayan to win on tour. He won when Henrik Stenson conceded after failing to make a bunker shot on the fifth extra hole in Cologne, Germany. Gregory Havret and Rafa Cabrera-Bello went out on the second and fourth playoff holes, respectively. Zanotti shot a 7-under 65 for a 19-under 269 at Gut Laerchenhof. Stenson had a 67, Havret a 66, and Cabrera-Bello a 67 after a birdie-eagle-birdie finish.