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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“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.
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Sei Young Kim has a one stroke lead going into the final round of the Marathon Classic, with Lexi Thopmpson chasing.
Bernd Wiesberger was able to follow up his stunning 61 with an impressive 65 to earn a two-shot advantage at the Scottish Open on Saturday.
Jhonattan Vegas is the new leader at the John Deere Classic, while Lucas Glover put himself in contention after making a rare albatross.
Sei Young Kim is in the hunt for her second win of the season after seizing a one-shot lead after 36 holes of the LPGA Marathon Classic.
Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger shares the Scottish Open lead heading into the weekend after firing a record-breaking 61.
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Mexico’s Roberto Diaz fired a sparkling 62 to grab a two-shot lead on the opening day of the John Deere Classic.
South Korean rookie Youngin Chun and Canada’s Alena Sharp hold a one-shot lead after the opening round of the LPGA Marathon Classic.
Former champion Edoardo Molinari and Matt Kuchar both opened with eight-under-par 63s to grab a share of the lead at the Scottish Open.