Fleet-based golf star Justin Rose shot a sizzling final round 65 to climb up to fifth in the Deutsche Bank SAP Open leaderboard — while going some way to fending off the challenge of his great mate.

Rose's rousing final round saw him bank a cool £70,000 and saw him move up to 15th in the European Tour Order of Merit.

Equally as important, however, to his chances of making next year's Ryder Cup team, it was a performance which helped his bid to remain as England's number one golfer — challenging his close friend Paul Casey, whose recent form has seen him climb the table at a rapid rate.

Rose blasted his way up the Hamburg course on Sunday to finish on a superb 16-under-par total of 272 — three behind eventual winner Padraig Harrington.

The 22-year-old started the event with a level-par 72 before a bogey-less round of 68 saw him make the cut.

Rose then went one better to finish on 67 on the Saturday having got off to a flying start with three birdies on the trot.

But it was his smashing 65 which proved the perfect end to a profitable weekend for Rose — a faultless display which almost saw him net his first tournament of the season to go with the four he won last year.

Once again Rose didn't drop a shot all round and played particularly well on the longer holes with all Par 5's birdied.

Turning it at 31 raised a few eyebrows but, unfortunately, a couple of missed greens in the early part of the back nine proved crucial as Rose's dream of completing one of the greatest ever winning rounds, failed to come to fruition.

He said: "With the field being very strong and some big prize money at stake it was a good week to get a high finish for the Order of Merit and World Ranking points.

"I feel I am making progress with my game and looking forward to some fune tuning with David Leadbetter next week before teeing it up at Wentworth in the PGA."

The performance takes Rose's total prize money for the season to almost £200,000 with seven tournaments played.