24 September, 2018
ROSE ON FIRE AS INDONESIAN MASTERS APPROACHES
Justin Rose will arrive at this year’s Indonesian Masters on top of the world having secured the FedEx Cup on Sunday, just two weeks after becoming world number one.
Rose claimed last year’s Indonesian Masters by eight shots and it was announced last week he will return to defend his title at Royale Jakarta Golf Club from December 13 to 17.
His career reached new heights at the weekend when he won the FedEx Cup for the first time after a birdie on the last secured him a top-five finish in the season-ending Tour Championship.
He had entered the day three shots behind overnight leader Tiger Woods - who survived two late bogeys to win his first event since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
“I guess it all boiled down to the 18th and I had the swing of the week off the tee there,” said Rose.
“I had a jumpy seven iron lie and it caught a break, killed it in the top of the bunker and bobbled on to the green. I was waiting for a break all day and to get it on the last was great timing.
“I felt more pressure as I was throwing it away but when I got back to knowing what I had to do I clicked into gear in the nick of time.”
Rose can now add his US PGA Tour number one crown to his outstanding list of credentials which includes the 2007 European Tour Order of Merit, the 2013 US Open, 2016 Olympic Gold, two World Golf Championships, a Rolex Series victory at last season’s Turkish Airlines Open and four Ryder Cup appearances with two victories.
Rose competes for Europe in this week’s Ryder Cup and following his recent success he will be a major threat to the American opposition.
Woods’ result is perhaps even more remarkable than Rose’s, with the 14-time Major champion finding his way back to the winner’s circle just 17 months after a spinal surgery that he feared could stop him ever playing at a high level again.