Justin Rose: 'These next five years are my chances'
Justin Rose points to the next five years as his time to win majors. He'll have a chance at Hoylake starting this week.
Justin Rose won the Scottish Open on Sunday which makes it two straight for the tall Englishman. That dovetails nicely with his attitude on this section of golf in his life.
See Rose in 1998 was a gangly teenager that dang near won the British Open and he hasn't finished inside the top 10 since then.
He's had chances but come up short.
He told BBC he knows his time to win this tournament is running thin.
"I haven't looked at my record in the Open, but this is what I think," he said. "Birkdale in 1998 was what it was. You almost have to take that out because it was just a fairytale week."
"When you're a kid you dream about winning a major. When I was a young pro I still dreamt about it but I wasn't good enough. And when I was good enough, for too long I didn't believe it, so I was still dreaming about it. But there comes a time when you have to walk the walk. These are my chances now. The next five years are my chances."
He's right, of course, and he capitalized on one of them at Merion last season when he won the 2013 US Open.
And he comes to Hoylake as the hottest golfer in the world. He's also the favorite at 14-1 alongside Rory McIlroy but he said he doesn't feel that pressure.
"I'd like to see it as a gift that I have a major championship and that at the end of my career, worst-case scenario, I'll know that I was good enough to do it.
"That mental side is still an area where I can improve. I don't think my golf swing is going to get 10% better over the next five years. I don't think anything is going to get 10 percent better over the next five years apart, maybe, from the mental side. That can get 10 percent better."
So can his celebrations, apparently.
I also thought what Rose said about Tiger and the state of golf was fascinating.
"Even though the standard of golf across the board has improved hugely, it's no harder to win majors than it was before because Tiger [Woods] was so hard to beat before."
It's so true. Even though you have to plow through more superb golfers every time out these days, you don't have to deal with one historic one. So not much has changed.
Except, hopefully for Rose, his performance at the British Open.
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