Rose searching for fertile ground in desert



First published in Sport

Hampshire’s Justin Rose is hoping to carry the sensational form he displayed late last year into this week’s WGC Accenture Match Play.

The world number six is pitted against K.J. Choi in the first round of the tournament, which begins today in Arizona.

Rose goes into the event on the back of some astonishing match play results towards the end of 2012.

Most famously, he vanquished Phil Mickelson on the final day of the Ryder Cup, with a magnificent late comeback that helped spark Europe to an historic victory.

Rose then won the £1m jackpot in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, seeing off the likes of Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and US Open champion Webb Simpson.

The 32-year-old is hoping to continue his hot match play streak.

“I think I definitely would like to sort of ride that wave of momentum and confidence,” he said. “There was a couple matches in Turkey that I pulled off a shot when I had to, obviously the Ryder Cup against Phil I pulled off a shot when I had to.

“You can’t always call on that on demand. It’s always a little bit of fortune to hit the right shot at the right time.

“But certainly the lesson I learned there is to be patient, even if you get down in a match, keep doing your thing and limit the mistakes and just believe that you can turn it around still.

“I think a mistake other guys may make is when you get behind in a match you may start to push a little too much and then you start to give away cheap holes, and that’s what you can’t afford to do at this level.

“The experience I’ve gained the last six months match play-wise will help me this week.”

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