Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Golf's Forgotten Man Blossoms in America

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Golf's Forgotten Man Blossoms in America

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Byline: David Smith

JUSTIN ROSE today celebrated his first win on American soil by revealing how hard work had turned him from the forgotten man of British golf into a genuine contender for a second Ryder Cup call-up.

A flawless final round of 66 -- six under par -- saw Rose rally from a fourshot deficit to take the Memorial Tournament at Jack Nicklaus's Muirfield Village course in Ohio by three shots from overnight leader Rickie Fowler of the United States.

As a professional player it was Rose's first win on the US PGA Tour in 162 attempts, and it saw him promoted from 66th in the world rankings to 33rd. Crucially, the 29-year-old is also promoted from 27th to eighth in the European Ryder Cup world points list, with Colin Montgomerie's side seeking to wrest the trophy back from the US at Celtic Manor in October.

Rose, who shot to prominence when he finished fourth as a 17-year-old amateur in the 1998 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, insisted he had never lost faith in his ability.

After taking his seventh professional title, and a cheque worth [pounds sterling]720,000, he said: "I think I'm very much a forgotten man right now in English golf. But I haven't let it bother me.

"I haven't worried about what other people think, haven't worried about what other people's opinions are of me. Instead, I've just focused on the game and my love of the game. When you get into that mindset, everything else does tend to disappear."

Rose attributed his turn in form to his accuracy on Muirfield's greens. He explained: "I had a new putting routine this week where I've been coming into the putt a lot more open with my body, which I guess is allowing me to see the left to right break much easier.

"I've got to be honest, the putting is one part of my game where I have had some slight doubts. …

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