'I haven't played on the Tour since September, so it's been a while, and I am looking forward to getting started, looking forward to getting out there and playing.
Tiger Woods, who made his 2019 debut in the event, produced his best round of the tournament and moved all the way up to a 20th-place tie. The worse news for him is that the names in front of him include Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm. "It's frustrating because I'm hitting a lot of good putts and they're just not going in".
Rose failed to convert a 54-hole lead in the BMW Championship late past year in Aronimink, and he had a 3-6 record on the PGA Tour when leading going into the final round.
"I just didn't have the game on the front nine, and it's a shame because Justin was a little shaky early with some bogeys", Scott said. I'm not super concerned about where he finishes this week, but on a course where he has just four finishes outside the top 10, I'm sure he won't be super fired up about how this tournament has gone.
Rose dedicated the victory to his caddie, Mark Fulcher, who had a heart procedure last week and was watching from home.
Woods made his season debut at Torrey Pines past year and needed to two-putt for birdie from 90 feet on his last hole to make the cut on the number.
"He's absolutely flagging it and swinging it really well", said Billy Horschel, who played with Rose and Jordan Spieth the last two days. "This one's for him". But his lead would be even more commanding if not for a few major errors.
But he spurned a series of further chances down the stretch, with disappointing pars at the two remaining par-fives, and he admitted he needed something "special" over the weekend to make inroads into the 11-shot deficit to halfway leader, Justin Rose. On the par-3 16th, Rose holed a 30-foot birdie putt, and then Scott rolled in his birdie from 20 feet.
After a 281 yard drive on the 560-yard par-5 sixth, Rahm chipped his third shot to 5 feet, which he rolled for one-putt birdie on the hole. Scott pulled within two by hitting his approach to a foot on the 17th.
Scott said he would not be thinking about winning overnight, not with Rose the player he is chasing.
Another tiny victory: It was the first time since 2008 that Woods broke par all four rounds at Torrey Pines.