Rose keen to mirror McIlroy
Published 13/04/2015 | 17:01
Justin Rose will try to take a leaf out of Rory McIlroy's book after kickstarting his season with his share of second place in the Masters.
Rose arrived at Augusta National having missed the cut in three of his previous five tournaments on the PGA Tour, but left with renewed enthusiasm and a 14-under-par total which has only been bettered six times in Masters history.
" I'm really excited about the rest of the year now. It's a good momentum starter for me," said Rose, who was looking to become the first European player to win the US Open and Masters.
"I tried to really tell myself that this year for me is going to be about April to September when the big tournaments come around and that's when I want to play well.
"You look at Rory's year last year, it was all about how he played in the summer (winning the Open, Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA in the space of four weeks). I was trying to keep telling myself it's a long year. Very happy it turned around this week in a major championship.
"T he thing that was most important for me this week was the fact that I have not been in contention and I haven't had a lot of experience this year or positive vibes on which to draw.
"I was really pleased at how comfortable I felt in that situation, last group in the Masters on Sunday. I think that's when you learn a lot about yourself and that makes me very hungry to get there again very soon."
Rose began the final round four shots behind Spieth and closed to within three on three separate occasions on the front nine, but was never able to get any closer.
"There's two ways to look at it. You can think that 14 under par, I'll take that next year and I'll take that the year after and I'll take it the year after, so I have to take a lot of confidence from that," he added.
"But you've got to play it on the day, too. I felt like there were a few moments out there where I could have done better and I'll learn on that and think about that.
"Jordan didn't really open the door and I didn't really expect him to. Really the one time on the back nine where it got interesting for me was the 16th hole. I felt that if I make my birdie putt and Jordan misses for par, it's a two‑shot swing and I'm two back with two to play. B ut my putt just slid by and he made a great eight- footer to there to keep his momentum as he did all day, really."