Rose (T-4) at ease with decision to skip Deutsche Bank

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ATLANTA – Twice in the FedEx Cup era, the eventual winner of the season-long race did not play all four playoff events (2007 and ’10). Unfortunately for Justin Rose it doesn’t appear he is going to add to that legacy, but he’s still at ease with his decision to skip the Deutsche Bank Championship.

The Englishman began the playoffs 18th on the points list but has slipped to 26th after skipping the second playoff stop and finishing outside the top 30 at The Barclays and BMW Championship.

“I just felt like the way things were piling up, and then with the Ryder Cup I just felt like I was trying to back myself to play well,” said Rose, who is tied for fourth place at East Lake following back-to-back rounds of 66.

“Obviously we've seen guys have won the FedEx Cup in the past playing three out of four, and for me it was always about playing well at the BMW. That's what I was pinning my hopes on.”

Still, Rose said he’s not as tired as many of the players in this week’s field and can still win the FedEx Cup on Sunday, although he would need a lot of help from co-leaders Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel.

“I think it's playing into my advantage right now. Hopefully I can finish strong tomorrow and it will be a decision well made,” he said.