Rose targets improvement after slow start to year

Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:18am EST
 
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By Matt Smith

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Justin Rose declared himself happy with his short game after shooting a three-under par 69 in the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Friday, but said he had much to work on following a sluggish start to the year.

World number six Rose, the third-highest ranked player appearing at the event in the UAE capital, is in danger of missing the cut after a first-round 73.

The Englishman is two-under for the tournament and could only look on as playing partner Martin Kaymer sizzled with scores of 64 and 67 to be clubhouse leader.

“I didn’t play well at all, in fact I played awfully, but you get yourself into situations where sometimes you have to work hard to make a cut,” Rose told Reuters.

“Hopefully, it gives me two more days to work on my game and get some momentum going as I start the season.

“I’ve certainly got a lot of work to do. I was happy with my short game coming in, under pressure, grinding to make pars when I needed to, so that’s a good sign.”

Rose began Friday with an opening hole birdie, bogeyed his fifth and then picked up shots at his seventh and ninth. He created few chances thereafter until lofting his tee-shot on his par-three 16th to within two feet of the pin.

He made no mistake from that distance and then sunk an eight-foot par putt on the final green.   Continued...

 
Britain's Justin Rose tees off on 11th hole during the Abu Dhabi Golf championship January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah