Same again would suit low-key Rose

2016-04-06 11:04
Justin Rose (AFP)

Augusta - Same again would do just fine for Justin Rose at this week's Masters tournament.

Last year, the Englishman, who won the 2013 US Open, finished at 14-under par, a score bettered by only five of the 79 former winners.

But that was only good enough for a tie for second place, four strokes behind runaway winner Jordan Spieth, who matched the record 18-under mark set by Tiger Woods.

Rose though, says the contest was closer than what the winning margin suggests.

"I look back at the final round and I think there were times in the final round I was a lot closer to him than the ultimate score portrayed," he said.

"There was a momentum shift around eight and nine when I looked back at that. It was a routine up-and-down on number eight that I didn't make and I hit a great shot into number nine that just skipped up onto the middle tee and I 3-putted coming back down the ridge.

"I felt like that was a two- or three-shot swing there. Had it gone the other way, obviously that's a big if, but had it gone the other way, everything changes going into the back nine.

"But Jordan was always able to make a putt to stay three or four ahead, which is obviously huge. He did a great job of obviously keeping that distance.

Rose did record a win last year at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, marking his sixth consecutive year winning on the PGA Tour, and his form has been steady if not spectacular this year so far.

But he is seldom mentioned as a potential winner this week, with all the focus being on the young guns of Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Justin Spieth as well as former winners Bubba Watson and Adam Scott.

But Rose feels that relative anonymity could also work in his favour.

"Obviously, I think golf is in a great spot right now with the world number one trading around and the young guys really vying for that top spot. That's fine with me," he said.

"I think that I've sort of been steady. I haven't really had any fireworks yet this year, to sort of come in here with people having me at the front of their mind.

"I feel like all of my backroom work has all been fantastic and my preparation has been coming along nicely. Under the radar, but certainly feeling good with my game."

Rose, playing in his 11th Masters, has a comfortable mid-morning start to the tournament on Thursday in the company of Jamie Donaldson and Jamie Berger.

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