Justin Rose looks to put it all together
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
In seven Masters starts, Justin Rose has never missed a weekend.
He’s a perfect 7-for-7 in making the cut at Augusta National, and since finishing T-39 in his Masters debut in 2003, he hasn’t placed worse than T-36 in six other starts. His best finish was a T-5 showing in 2007, and he was T-8 last year.
“I would say year on year, this is as good a chance as I get (to win a major),” Rose said.
Few players in this year’s field have had more success at Augusta than Rose, at least in terms of scoring. Of players who have logged 25-49 Masters rounds, Rose ranks seventh with a 72.39 scoring average. And of his 28 total rounds played, 13 of them have been under par and more than half have been at even par or better.
But at 32 years old, Rose still finds himself without a major championship, let alone a green jacket.
The closest he's come to winning a Masters was in 2007. He was tied for the lead after the first round, and then entered the final round just one shot back of the lead despite shooting 75 in both the second and third rounds. A final-round 73 eventually put him at 4 over for the tournament, three shots behind winner Zach Johnson, who shot 69 that Sunday.
But he has proven he can close strong at Augusta. He shot 68 in the final round a year ago to secure the second top 10 of his Masters career.
“I’ve played some good rounds of golf (here), and when you’ve done that you have some confidence that you can do it again,” Rose said. “It’s all about putting it together and I think a lot of that does come with experience here. You’ve got to learn how to manage your emotions and the golf course, and then do them all at the same time.
“So I feel like it (Augusta National) is a course that I can win on.”