Rose close to 'a great year' after two 2014 wins

Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:02pm EDT
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Tournament wins on both sides of the Atlantic have made 2014 "a good year" for world number five Justin Rose, who says a slightly better showing in the majors would have transformed his campaign into a great one.

For the most part, the Englishman was happy with his performances in golf's four grand slams where he pinpointed his only blemishes as slow starts at the Masters and U.S. Open, along with an occasional putting lapse.

"This year, if I sum it up, I was close in the majors," Rose told Reuters at East Lake Golf Club ahead of Thursday's opening round at the season-ending Tour Championship, the PGA Tour's fourth and final FedExCup playoff event.

"Everything was top 25 or better but I just couldn't quite get that run in a major when I needed it. I felt I played some very good golf in the majors and I take a lot of encouragement that my game suits the major championships.

"But having won one last year, (the U.S. Open at Merion) my emphasis is on playing well in those big events. So it's been a good year but a better showing in the majors would have made it a great year."

Rose, who landed his first grand slam title by two shots at last year's U.S. Open after overhauling 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson in the final round, readily admitted that putting had been an occasional Achilles' heel for him at the 2014 majors.

"I struggled at the PGA Championship with putting and then at the Open championship I was on the wrong side of the draw," said the 34-year-old, who tied for 23rd at the (British) Open in July before finishing joint 24th at the PGA the following month.

"(The British Open) was disappointing because I actually played really well the first two days and the leaders just stretched out a long way from us (after benefiting from more favorable weather conditions).   Continued...

 
Aug 23, 2014; Paramus, NJ, USA; Justin Rose tees off on the 14th hole during the third round of The Barclays golf tournament at Ridgewood Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports