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Rose reminds everyone Woods has been here before

23 September 2018 03:41

Justin Rose played alongside Tiger Woods as the 14-time major champion provided a blast from the past and it did not surprise the Englishman.

While Rose, ranked number one in the world, finished the day tied for second at nine under and in line for his first FedEx Cup title, Woods stole all the headlines by grabbing a three-shot lead at the Tour Championship.

Though Woods has not won on the PGA Tour since 2013, Rose reminded everyone he has been there before.

"I feel like he's led tournaments this year, though, hasn't he, at times? His name has been there. It's not the first time," Rose said of Woods. "Obviously it's the first time maybe later towards the back end of a tournament and by a number of shots. I've been saying for a while now, he's playing easily well enough to win, and it's just a matter of time. You just don't want it to be on your watch, you know.

"Obviously he's going to be tough to beat tomorrow. The guy, although he hasn't won for a long time, I'm sure it's going to be hard for him tomorrow. It will probably be for him trying to win for the first time again. It's been a long time. But he has so much positive – well, he has so much experience to draw on that he's going to be a hard guy to chase down tomorrow.

"But I think for me, the way I look at tomorrow is that I have many scenarios in play. I have the FedEx Cup in play. I have all of that to distract me. But yet, I'm three back. I think that's my objective tomorrow is to come out and play good, positive golf and try and chase down the leader and win this golf tournament. I think in some ways that'll help my other task of trying to win the FedEx Cup. It'll keep me on the front foot and playing positive golf."

Though Rose is already projected to win the FedEx Cup, he wants to keep his foot on the pedal on Sunday.

"I think the best form of defense is to play aggressively tomorrow, to come out and try and – yeah, play this golf course as I want to play this golf course, which is positively – it's about being committed," Rose said. "It's about executing the tee shots to put the ball in play, and then you can go from there. But just commitment is the word really.

"You can't force it. You can't start hitting drivers on holes that you haven't hit driver all week because you're trying to play catch-up. You've got to trust your putter. You've got to put the ball under the hole. You've got to make 15-footers from the right spots on this golf course. It'll be a very tactical round tomorrow and this is going to be how I execute. But my mentality is just to come out and look forward and not backwards."

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