Justin Rose US Masters Golfers

Will Justin Rose’s decision to cut back on his tight schedule on both the European and PGA Tours pay off? He reckons he’s at his best when he’s happy and relaxed and by the looks of his current form, it could well be the best option for Britain’s top ranked golfer.

Justin, born in South Africa, but now resident in the United Kingdom, has enormous talent but has never quite reached the zenith of his hopes, dreams and the expectations of the whole of Great Britain. As an amateur in 1998 he got people talking at the Open CVhampionship when he holed a fantastic shot from the fairway to claim a birdie on the 18th. So inspired was he, that he turned professional the very next week!
He became firmly entrenched on the European Tour, picked up a couple of good wins, including the Dunhill Championship in South Africa and moved to number 33 on the world golf rankings. In 2003 he joined the PGA Tour, but did not have a successful time of it – he slipped out of the Top 50 in the world rankings. He then made the fatal decision to leave the European Tour so as to concentrate on the PGA. His form suffered and he tumbled out of the Top 100.
In August 2005 he decided to give both tours his best shot and ironically both his luck and form turned – he took second place at the Disney Resort Tournament, led at the Canadian Open for a while and won the Australian Masters.
2007 saw him improve in leaps and bounds. He became the top ranked British player, overtaking long-time friend, Padraig Harrington and impressed all at the 2007 Masters at Augusta National Golf Course. He tied 5th with Jerry Kelly and his final score was 69 75 75 73 292, just three shots behind the surprise winner, Zach Johnson and one shot off Tiger Woods, Rory Sabbatini and Retief Goosen.
Rose claims that his resurgence has been due to him taking it easy. “I’m beating fewer practice balls and spending more time thinking things out,” he said. The idea is for him to be more relaxed and focused on his game as he tries to improve on his number 13 world ranking slot, and to move from second place to first on the 2007 European Order of Merit.
His decision to cut down on both practice rounds and his schedule came from a lesson he learnt from Tiger Woods, the consummate professional, at the Masters. When he finished no lower than 12th in any of the four majors, he realised that fewer tournaments equaled a sharper mind. “It’s how Tiger goes about things and it’s how it used to be for me in my amateur days. As an amateur you aim your game at a handful of big tournaments and, on the pro scene, it’s all about peaking at the Majors,” he said.
Rose will join the Ryder Cup Team, and Captain Nick Faldo is highly impressed with the 27-year-old. “He’s playing under pressure every week in America and has come a long way this year. It won’t be long before he gets into the winners’ circle there and then he’s going to be a regular winner, I’m sure,” said Faldo.
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