LEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bears and Justin Rose aren’t doing any favors to the BMW Championship.
The Bears play the New Orleans Saints at noon Sunday. Englishman Rose will tee off in the final round 40 minutes later with a four-stroke lead over Australian John Senden.
Good luck, BMW.
Rose, though, couldn’t be happier. He followed his 63-68 start with a 69 Saturday in some breezy conditions that made scoring more difficult at Cog Hill. He is threatening to run away from the pack in large part because of simple swing thoughts.
“Sometimes, I’ve got seven or eight swing thoughts going on in my head,” Rose said. “This week, everything is working in my swing and I have a simple thought: Make a full turn.”
Rose finds that when he focuses on turning the right shoulder instead of left shoulder back, he gets his club on plane and in a better position.
He credits good yardages, club selection and target selection for his success.
“After that, I’ve made good swings, played sensibly and have had good strategy,” he said. “I just need to keep doing that.”
Rose tuned up for the BMW by playing four rounds in six days last week on Long Island in something called the J.R. Challenge. He and seven of his closest friends from England competed using a cumulative Stableford scoring system. Rose tied for second behind his half brother, Brandon Harcus.
“The boys said it was a good tuneup,” Rose said.
Rose and his mates have made the J.R. Challenge an annual outing. This year, they played National Golf Links, Sebonack, Garden City and Friar’s Head. In past years, they have played in Florida, Las Vegas and the Bahamas.