Under-the-radar Rose aims to bloom at Augusta

Tue Apr 8, 2014 2:35pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Justin Rose has been a forgotten man since his major title breakthrough last year at Merion, which suits the Englishman just fine heading into Thursday's opening round of the Masters.

Rose has been out of the spotlight as he recovers from a bout of tendinitis in his right shoulder, enduring sub-par results after aggravating his condition last August.

But the world number eight said on Tuesday he is confident about the season's first major.

"Feel ready to go, feel excited to go," said Rose.

"I'm in a great place coming into this tournament. I'm coming in as a major champion, but I'm coming in with no hype, no expectation, a little under the radar and I feel good with where my game is at."

Rose, who has played in only five events this year, finished eighth at the Valspar Championship last month for his best 2014 result but followed that by missing the cut at Bay Hill.

"Results-wise this year, I have nothing particularly to hang my hat on other than I know how my game is feeling and how things are shaping up," he said.

Rose said his quiet season might work in his favor.   Continued...