Justin Rose trying to make mark on PGA Tour
Britain's Justin Rose says becoming eligible to play on the U.S. PGA Tour this year will bring a fresh and new challenge that could "elevate" his game.
Rose, who qualified for the U.S. PGA Tour after winning nearly $600,000 last year in tour events as a non-member, begins his U.S. campaign at the Nissan Open on Thursday.
"I think if you want to be the best player you can be, you certainly have to come over and dabble in America," the 23-year-old said on Wednesday.
"The courses are good. Everything is a little bit more consistent in terms of the facilities are better. In terms of enhancing my golf game, I feel like it's the right thing to do."
Rose played in 18 tournaments last year on the PGA tour and made the cut in 15 of them. His four top-10 finishes included a tie for third at the Deutsche Bank Championship and a tie for fifth at the U.S. Open at Olympia Fields, his best finish in a major since his tie for fourth at the 1998 British Open as an amateur.
Rose has a house in Orlando, Florida, and after a slow start in Asia, where he missed one cut and had ties for 23rd and 40th, he has spent the last 10 days honing his game with respected coach David Leadbetter.
"There is no real major changes going on, just a little fine tuning or maybe a little tweaking here and there. Basically it was just the fact that I hadn't seen him (Leadbetter) for a while," he said.
With all the duplication of events that count towards membership on both the PGA Tour and European Tour, Rose sees no problem in playing the requisite number of tournaments in Europe to keep his playing status there.
"Europe has been fantastic to me," he added. "Obviously there were times when I was struggling in Europe, and the tour looked after me with sponsor exemptions and things like that.
"I will definitely continue to play in Europe into the foreseeable future. But I just felt like it was too good an opportunity to miss. I felt like it was a fresh and new challenge, and I felt it was going to help my game, and that's why I made the decision."
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