Justin Rose eyes Ryder Cup return after booking Masters berth with PGA Tour win at Pebble Beach | Golf News
Justin Rose enters the FedExCup top 10 and returns to the world top 50 after earning a three-stroke win at Pebble Beach; his first PGA Tour win since 2019 also earns Rose a spot at the Masters and PGA Championship
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The best of the action from the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where Justin Rose earned his first PGA Tour victory since 2019
Justin Rose is aiming to advance Europe’s next Ryder Cup team after earning Major status with victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The former world No. 1 ended a four-year winless streak with an impressive three-stroke triumph at Pebble Beach, carding a final round 66 to end the week on 18 under and earn an 11th PGA Tour win. .
Rose entered the week as world number 71 and was in danger of missing out on a place at the Masters for the first time since 2010, although victory means he has now guaranteed a return to the first men’s major of the year with the May PGA. Championship at Oak Hill Country Club.
“Augusta was definitely a big part of my mind,” Rose said. “I thought the easy way to approach it was to try to work my way into the top 50 in the world on every date, in March.
“I think my world ranking divider is only 37, so I had a few hits, if you will, and I knew scoring runs was going to do me good.
Rose reflects on his AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am win as he ends his four-year PGA Tour drought
“My intention was to go out and play solid and earn points and climb the world rankings and make it happen. That’s a better way to do it – by winning a tournament! It’s funny how you, by winning, earn the points and everything takes care of itself.
“Yeah, a big relief from that point of view to be able to plan the race to Augusta a little more now. Because I was playing a little more than I might have wanted to because of that fact. But to have the luxury is now incredible.”
Rose birdied long on 11th and 13th on the final day at Pebble Beach to help register a three-stroke victory
A return to the Ryder Cup for Rose?
The Englishman narrowly missed being selected for the European Ryder Cup squad in 2021, where he was beaten by a record margin at Whistling Straits, although the 42-year-old is hoping to make it into the roster. Luke Donald in Rome this September.
Rose’s win puts him ninth on the world points list in the year-long European qualifying campaign, which runs until September, and he hopes to be either one of six automatic qualifiers or the six captain’s picks to complete Donald’s squad at the Marco Simone GC.
The European squad is likely to change significantly for the 2023 contest, with several stalwarts moving to LIV Golf and having limited playing opportunities to earn qualifying points, while Rose has focused on finding the form before looking to a possible sixth Ryder Cup appearance.
“The way I’ve been with my game, I’ve had to be pretty selfish and just focus on myself and focus on improving myself and what I need to do to start playing golf better,” Rose added. . “I haven’t even imagined what the Ryder Cup looks like to me, other than that I want to be there.
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“I felt like what was really important to me was getting a good start on the PGA Tour so I wasn’t under pressure later in the season so I could turn my attention to the Ryder Cup. and the European Tour as it becomes the important part of the season phase.
“The plan went pretty much perfectly, to be honest with you. Three really good solid weeks here and I’ve now built a platform to be able to look at the rest of the year in a much more positive light and start earning points.
“Obviously I would like to play my way into the team. But I wanted to be a player who, if I play well, Luke [Donald] must consider and feel good to be part of this team.”