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Justin Rose
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Justin Rose: the season so far

by Matt Cooper
Updated On: March 24, 2020, 6:43 pm ET

Age: 39

 

World ranking (current/end of year)

Current: 14th
2019: 8th
2018: 2nd
2017: 6th
2016: 15th

Current 2020 Stats

FedEx Cup Rank: 205th
Events: 5
Wins: 0
Top 10: 0
Top 25: 0
Made Cut: 2
Money: $98,150

 

Strokes Gained

Off-The-Tee: 193rd (2019: 67th, 2018: 16th, 2017: 16th, 2016: 6th)
Approach: 167th (2019: 21st, 2018: 17th, 2017: 44th, 2016: 39th)
Around The Green: 54th (2019: 92nd, 2018: 6th, 2017: 14th, 2016: 29th)
Putting: 196th (2019: 17th, 2018: 21st, 2017: 122nd, 2016: 136th)
Tee-To-Green: 175th (2019: 31st, 2018: 4th, 2017: 10th, 2016: 5th)
Total: 200th (2019: 13th, 2018: 2nd, 2017: 12th, 2016: 11th)

 

Analysis

It’s been a desperate start to 2020 for the Englishman, who might have landed T2 in the Asian Tour’s Singapore Open, but has only added three missed cuts and a T56 on the PGA Tour since. Whilst worse than the form he displayed in 2019, there were signs of his form tailing off last year and, what’s more, the final round of the U.S. Open appears to have been a turning point. After making an early birdie that Sunday he tied the lead, but then played the last 11 holes in 4-over-par. True, he finished third, a 14th top three finish in 43 starts, but since then? His Singapore result is the only equivalent performance in 16 appearances. His Strokes Gained stats are, without exception, poor this season. A look at his historical efforts suggests that he’s coped with poor putting numbers, but his Off the Tee, Tee to Green and Around the Green rankings were heading in the wrong direction last year. He’ll be hoping the current lockdown allows him to recalibrate his game.

Grade so far: E

 

Justin Rose 2020 quotes

Farmers Insurance Open (on his form): “I got into bad habits last year. I swung the club poorly. I took a month off after this tournament and that was essentially my off-season. Didn't do a ton of work because it was my off-season. I felt like the decision behind that was to be fresh for the majors. I was kind of learning on the fly last year about how to approach the new schedule and it just didn't work.”

Farmers Insurance Open (on 2019): “My statistics ball-striking-wise dropped off, but I putted great. I competed well. I felt like I had a chance to win the U.S. Open, I was in the second-to-last group in The Open Championship. Without having much game, I really felt like I competed well.”

Genesis Invitational (after making his only cut of the year on the PGA Tour): “Feeling a lot more comfortable, the misses are certainly much more playable, and hitting some really nice golf shots. Just got to get the confidence. The range work is nine out of 10, so it's there. It's just that 50-yard walk between the range and the first tee and, as the season gets longer, it will only feel like five yards.”

 

THE MAJORS (most recent results on the left)

The Masters: MC-12-2-10-2-14-25-8-11-20-36-5-22-39

He gave an early hint that he was suited for the Augusta challenge, grabbing one solo and two shared first round leads in his first four starts. On the other hand, in those same four events he never broke 70 after Thursday and nine times carded an over-par score. Soon, however, the promise was turned into results and only Sergio Garcia in a play-off denied him a green jacket in 2017. One curio: he’s yet to break 70 in round two (in 14 attempts).

PGA Championship: 29-19-MC-22-4-24-33-3-MC-MC-MC-9-12-41-MC-MC-23

A solid enough record, with eight top 25 finishes, but the final results somewhat masks the feeling that this tournament doesn’t quite get his ticker going. Because only once in 17 starts has he climbed into bed on Saturday night with the knowledge that he was in contention, when T3 after 54 holes in 2015. Every other time he has been T13 or worse at that stage.

U.S. Open: 3-10-MC-MC-27-12-1-21-MC-MC-MC-10-MC-5

A touch of boom or bust about this logbook as he sets six failures to make the weekend against eight top 30s with nothing in-between. There are five top tens with his victory at Merion in 2013 the standout effort.

Open Championship: 20-2-54-22-6-23-MC-MC-44-MC-13-70-12-MC-22-30-MC-4

It was one of the great mysteries of top-class golf – how was it that Rose, the precocious teenager who landed a top-five as an amateur in 1998, could go two decades in the pro ranks without adding another top-five?! And when he finally did, with T2 at Carnoustie, he not only briefly threatened to win, but only did so after needing to hole out for birdie on the 18th green in round two just to make the cut.