Rose hangs on to win BMW Championship

September 18, 2011 - 6:15 PM
BMW Championship Golf

Justin Rose reacts as he reads the green on the fourth hole during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, in Lemont, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

LEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Justin Rose chipped in for birdie on the 17th hole and hung on to win the BMW Championship on Sunday.

Rose closed with an even-par 71 at Cog Hill for a two-shot victory and is headed to the Tour Championship with a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup prize. But it wasn't that easy. He watched a five-shot lead shrink to one shot over John Senden until the birdie chip gave him a cushion.

Senden closed with a 70 to finish alone in second and go from No. 55 in the FedEx Cup to No. 9, making him among the top 30 who qualify for the Tour Championship.

Geoff Ogilvy (69) finished third. That gave him a spot at East Lake and at Royal Melbourne for the Presidents Cup.