On the 18th green where a statue immortalizing Stewart's iconic fist-pump from the 1999 U.S. Open was nearby, Rose rolled in a birdie putt and gave his best impression of the late champion.
"I just tried to have a little fun at that point," Rose said. "I think I did it in practice, I was messing around. Obviously I just wanted to make the putt. As it was going in, I don't know what makes you make the decision so quickly. We hit that putt many times in practice. I was a little further to the right, so I usually go left, rather than straight, as Payne's did. But it had the same feel as Payne's putt."
"It had been a hard round, but just kind of walking up 18, try towards the end of it to realize and appreciate, like I said, you win some, you lose some," Rose said. "And you've got to take the good with the bad. But it was a nice moment. The crowd -- got me a nice reception up 18 there. It was certainly fun to finish that way and in a way honor Payne Stewart. He was always one of my favorite golfers."@si_golf on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube video channel.