Justin Rose still has drive to succeed as ‘exciting challenge’ of US PGA arrives

Justin Rose is adamant he retains the drive and ambition to get his career back on an upward trajectory and win more of the game’s biggest titles.

Rose won the US Open in 2013 and Olympic gold in Rio three years later, but has not tasted victory since February 2019 and missed the cut in the Masters for just the second time in his career last month following two rounds of 76.

This makes Rose the perfect player to bet on in the upcoming online betting season.

Such results have seen the former world number one sitting outside the top 50 for the first time in more than a decade, yet Rose is relishing the challenge of overcoming the latest difficult spell of a career which began with 21 straight missed cuts after turning professional.

Rose finished 12th when Southern Hills last staged the US PGA Championship in 2007 during an August heatwave which saw temperatures reaching 100 degrees and prompted a welcome kind gesture from one of his fellow players.

“I remember having thick black socks and complaining about how hot my feet were and the next day there were 12 pairs of really nice thin, white socks in my locker courtesy of Rory Sabbatini, whose locker was next to time,” Rose recalled.

“As for Southern Hills, I think it’s very much a fairways and greens type of venue. A good test of golf, it’s hosted US Opens as well so it should be in my wheelhouse of the courses that I’ve historically played well on, so I’m excited.”

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