Rose beats Choi in Arizona

Justin Rose

Justin Rose

First published in Sport

Hampshire’s Justin Rose has progressed into the second round of the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship.

Rose beat K.J. Choi 2&1 at the snow-affected tournament in Arizona, despite letting a four-hole lead slip away at one stage.

The world number six will now face Nicolas Colsaerts for a place in the last 16.

“I don't care about my play, I feel good about my win,” said Rose. “That's what it's all about this week.

“I said at the beginning of the week, it comes down to that one moment in the round where you need to make something happen, and that moment for me was on 15.

“His ball was inside mine there. He had about 12 feet up the hill fairly straight. I had like 22 or 23 feet across the slope.

“So it was looking like I was going one down. Being four up wasn't lost on me out there. When you give away a lead like that, it doesn't feel good.

“So that was the moment for me, and to make a putt when I really needed it feels good, and I feel like that's what I've begun to do a lot recently.”

Rose now looks forward to going head-to-head with one of his Ryder Cup teammates.

“He's obviously capable of going low, as we saw at the Ryder Cup in the four ball matches, and I'm going to have to be at my best,” he said.

“He's obviously a good player as we all know, and a lot of par 5s on this golf course that he can take advantage of.

“I think it'll be a tough game but obviously one that I'm looking forward to, and I'll have to make some birdies.”

Elsewhere, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods both fell at the first hurdle.

Woods was beaten 2&1 by fellow American Charles Howell, while world number one McIlroy lost on the final green to 68th-ranked fellow Irishman Shane Lowry.

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