Justin Rose will attempt to use last week’s failure at the Arnold Palmer Invitational as motivation for The Players Championship.
The Englishman lost his world number one ranking following a disastrous final two rounds at Bay Hill, where he signed for rounds of 75 and 77, dropping eight shots to slide down to a disappointing T63 finish.
As a result, he surrendered the top mantle of world golf to the mercurial Dustin Johnson.
“It was a tough weekend,” reflected Rose on Sky Sports.
“I thought I was in a good position really after two rounds, and I was very aware of how Bay Hill plays, that it can get tough on the weekend. A good score on either Saturday or Sunday and you can run through the field and obviously that was the case on Saturday more than Sunday.
“For me, everything was a little off. I didn’t read the greens well. I didn’t putt it badly but just didn’t read the greens well, didn’t see the ball going in, which is not a good start. I’ve got a few things to work on, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”
But failure is not such bad thing.
Rose added that the two-round-slump will add some intensity to this week’s preparation for TPC Sawgrass, dubbed golf’s fifth major.
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Don't go short.
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“It just gives that little bit extra intensity coming into this week to make you realise that the game isn’t easy and you’ve got to put in the work and make sure you tick all the boxes to prepare,” he concluded.
Rose already has a trophy to his name for 2019, as he claimed the Farmers Insurance Open title in January.
Bernd Wiesberger is closing in on his fifth European Tour title after grabbing the lead at the Made in Denmark on Saturday.
Jonas Blixt eagled the 17th after holing out from the fairway to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Bronte Law and Jennifer Song still lead the LPGA’s Pure Silk Championship after the second round, but were joined by Jacqui Concolino.
Matthias Schwab will take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Made in Denmark after making the best of a bad situation on Friday.
First-round leader Tony Finau credited a change in putting grip for his six-under-par 64 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Anna Nordqvist fired a six-under 65 at the Pure Silk Championship on Thursday to grab a share of the lead with Bronte Law and Jennifer Song.
Three Englishmen are among the leaders after Thursday’s opening round of the Made in Denmark on the European Tour.
A drama series based on the 2018 Tiger Woods biography written by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian is reportedly in development.