The 2013 US Open winner has featured in just two events in 2018
before his break, where he earned respectable T22 and T8 finishes.
results came off a superb end to the year, where he won the silverware
in three out of his last six stars.
One of those was the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, which means Rose
has the chance to become just the third player to win back-to-back WGC
titles this week.
"I've had four weeks off, so sometimes that positions you, you come
out slightly unsure of exactly where you're going to be after four
weeks, but I'm coming in fresh," quipped the 37-year-old on europeantour.com.
"The reason for taking a few weeks off was to essentially just sort
of re-balance the system a little bit. I travelled so much at the end of
last year and the beginning of this year that I kind of knew there
might be a cost to that at some point, so I just preemptively took a few
"I also really wanted to work on my game. Obviously I've been playing
really well but there were a few things I wanted to tune up and here we
are in Mexico and ready to go."
Joining Rose in the star-studded field set to tee off on Thursday at
Chapultepec Golf Club are reigning PGA Championship winner Justin
Thomas, world No 2 Jon Rahm and 2017 Race to Dubai winner Tommy