Rose ready to bloom again

Published: Wednesday 17th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Former US Open champion Justin Rose believes it is only a matter of time before he claims a second major title following his brilliant performance in the Masters.

Rose’s 14-under-par total at Augusta National has only been bettered six times in the history of the Masters, but unfortunately one of those was by American Jordan Spieth in his record-breaking victory.

However, the manner of the performance has given Rose renewed confidence that he can soon add to the US Open title he won at Merion in 2013, perhaps starting this week at Chambers Bay.

” I feel like I’ve kicked on from winning my first major, when sometimes it’s difficult to live up to that,” the world number five said.

“I feel like I’ve maintained my world ranking, I’ve won tournaments, I’ve done all the right things.

“Augusta was another sign this year. I came up against a great Jordan Spieth performance, but again it was a sign that my game was capable of winning these big championships.

“Since 2010, I feel like I’ve been on a nice upward trend; getting the monkey off my back by winning on the PGA Tour, the next year winning a play-off event in the FedEx Cup, the following year winning a World Golf Championship and the following year winning a major championship.

“I felt like the progression was really going nicely.

“I’m 34 now and I think from 30 to 40 I always felt was going to be the time where I was going to have to step up and win a major. To get that done relatively early in that time frame has been great.

“Let’s call it six years, that’s 24 majors that are going to come around. I feel like if I just keep doing what I’m doing, that’s going to throw up quite a few opportunities.

“They’re hard to win and sometimes this game, it can elude you pretty easily. I feel like the performance I put in in Augusta would have won many of those championships and I got beat by a better player on the week.

“But you’ve got to play your own game and create your own chances. I’ve played pretty well in the majors since. I think I saw a stat today that in the last 10 majors I’m fourth in scoring, and the last four majors I’m fourth in (scoring) under par.

“I’m doing all the right things, it’s just a matter of everything lining up again in one week.”

A course created from a disused quarry will provide a far different test than that posed by a tight, tree-lined venue such as Merion, but Rose believes the same approach will still be required this week.

“At Merion my mindset was to try to stick as close to par as possible,” added Rose, who won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans after the Masters and lost a play-off for the Memorial Tournament a fortnight ago.

“There was talk earlier in the week about 10 or 12 under par being the winning score and I never bought into that. I kind of just stayed with my mindset of being patient and trying to churn out the pars and take your birdies when you can find them. I think that’s going to be very similar this week.

“I don’t expect scoring to be extremely low, from what I’ve seen. I think there are going to be birdie opportunities, it’s just about staying away from the big number.

“When I won the US Open, I think I didn’t make a double bogey the whole week. If you can do things like that and not give away cheap shots, that’s going to help come the end of the week.”

Rose’s victory at Merion is one of four in the last five years from European players, with Ryder Cup team-mates Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer all tasting success in the year’s second major championship.

Before McDowell’s win in 2010 it had been 40 years since Tony Jacklin triumphed at Hazeltine and Rose added: ” I don’t think there’s any great reason, other than there’s been a lot more Europeans playing a lot more golf in the States in the last five, 10 years.

“For a lot of us our schedule is predominantly US-focused. And these tournaments are staged on such a huge scale that it can be quite overwhelming, I think, when you come from a lot of European Tour events to this.

“The week-in, week-out PGA Tour event definitely feels a lot closer to a major from a crowd point of view and a staging point of view. The more comfortable you get playing in America I think helps you adjust to these tournaments a lot quicker.”

Published: Wednesday 17th June 2015 by The News Editor

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