Rose Trying to Turn Top 10 into a Win

By Associated PressJuly 21, 2007, 4:00 pm
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland -- Justin Rose is closing in on a third consecutive top-10 finish in a major after shooting a 4-under 67 at the British Open on Saturday.
Tied for 15th and improving in each round at Carnoustie, the Englishman is trying to work out how to turn this consistency into winning a major title.
At 1 under, he still has eight strokes to make up on leader Sergio Garcia and knows that's a long shot. But he doesn't count himself out, especially if a round in the mid 60s causes those above him to seize up.
'Paul Lawrie was in a similar position, I would have thought, a few years ago,' Rose said, referring to the Scot making up 10 strokes in the final round to win the title in a playoff at Carnoustie in 1999.
'If somebody does post a number a few groups ahead, it's certainly going to get the leaders' attention, definitely.'
Rose, who famously tied for fourth as a 17-year-old amateur at the 1998 Open at Royal Birkdale, was in contention at both this year's Masters -- where he tied for fifth -- and the U.S. Open at Oakmont, where he finished tied for 10th.
Rose, who turns 27 on July 30, has only won three times on the European Tour but has the potential to win majors, even though it took him 21 tournaments after turning pro before he finally made the cut.
Now that he's performing well in golf's biggest events, that nightmare spell is forgotten. Rose says he has come to terms with what he has to do to stay among the title contenders and possibly go a step further.
'I feel like I am who I am and I feel like I've figured out what works for me,' he said. 'I feel like I've been learning all the time, and I feel I've been getting better and better at finishing the job off in the biggest situations, i.e. majors.
'I think what I've learned this year more than any year that the inner confidence and self belief is getting stronger and stronger. And that's all I need. If you believe in yourself, nobody else needs to know that, as long as you do.'
Rose went into the tournament as one of the leading British hopes, but struggled in Thursday's wet conditions and made a 4-over 75.
Having improved five shots on Friday, he made the cut by two strokes. Then Rose went three better on Saturday.
Rose began a run of three birdies in a row by holing a 35-foot putt at the fourth hole, followed by an eight-footer at the fifth. When his 3-wood second shot landed in a greenside bunker at the sixth, his shot from the sand ended up two feet from the flag.
He then had two bogeys in a row, but recovered with a 20-foot birdie putt and picked up two more strokes at the 14th and 17th holes.
He now feels there is an even better score inside him -- but will be happy with another 67.
'Yeah, I think there is something,' Rose said. 'I'm beginning to putt well. The putter is beginning to feel comfortable in my hands, which it hasn't done, if I'm honest, for the last four weeks.
'If you're hitting the ball nicely and you do make a few putts, obviously that equals a low score. This course you can't force the score around here. Sixty-seven is a good score around here, to go much lower than that you're going to have to really make a lot of putts.'
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    Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

    By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

    The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

    There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

    Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

    Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

    None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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    Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

    An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

    In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

    Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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    Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

    Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

    With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

    Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

    The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

    Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

    In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.