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Justin Rose believes his season is finally gaining momentum as he looks to defend his Quicken Loans National title this weekend.

The Englishman weathered a tumultuous start to the year, missing three cuts in his first six events. But Rose has fought hard, backing up his runner-up finish at the Masters with a win at the Zurich Classic.

The consistency seems to be back for the seven-time PGA Tour winner, as he has made the cut in his last four events and earned two top ten finishes.

“It was a slow start to the year and I found some form,” the 34-year-old told pgatour.com.

“I think Augusta turned it around. That was really my first decent performance and that gave me a lot confidence, really, to go and compete in a major championship off the back of not a lot of confidence.

“I’ve won every year (of the last six), and at the beginning of the year that looked like a long way off.”

However, with Thursday’s Quicken Loans National changing venues – from Congressional to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club – Rose, long on favourites with BetBright, revealed that ‘defending’ your title takes on a different meaning.

“Defending doesn’t mean much when you play a new golf course,” he added.

“You can take some confidence from the fact you played well this time of year, and hopefully the biorhythms line up more than the golf course.”

Rose attributes some of his success to backing himself to push through shaky performances, where in the past he would have forced a change by making radical adjustments.

“If I putted badly a couple years ago I probably changed putters and changed putting strokes or changed my grip, done something drastic,” revealed the Johannesburg-born player.

“Now I have a bit more belief in what I’m doing.”

This sentiment is echoed by his coach Sean Foley, who has helped guide Rose through the last six years.

“When the game gets hard, he sticks to a blueprint,” said Foley.

“He doesn’t go searching. That just gets you more lost…you miss the cut in three starts, and the next thing you know it’s been 12 bad events.”

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