ROSE CLIMBING HIGHER IN TEXAS.
Justin Rose won the Fort Worth Invitational on Sunday, with a superb final round of 64. Leading the field after 54 holes, he was partnered with U.S. Open Champion, Brooks Koepka in the final pairing.
Spare a thought for Koepka; he fired a 7-under par 63 and still had to settle for second place!
Rose’s victory takes him to 3rd place in the World Ranking and the possibility of achieving the #1 spot is a very realistic possibility. In only a few weeks’ time, Justin will be competing in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills – the course will be set up very severely and is ideally suited to his superb ball striking and accuracy.
Typical of a great player, in his post round interview, Rose acknowledged that he felt there was still room for improvement. Working hard with Phil Kenyon, the renowned putting guru, the results speak for themselves.
a long-time disciple of the great engineer and putter designer, the late Harold Swash, has made a significant difference to Justin’s putting stats. It’s important to note that when you are hitting more greens in regulation, the length of putts increases significantly. So, all credit to Rose and Kenyon on making such a significant improvement on the greens.
Phil Kenyon’s friend and mentor designed the first “Face Balanced” putters back in the early 1970’s. He brought the Align “Branding Iron” putters to market and was influential in club design throughout his career. Harold also designed the “Yes” putter range, with the now famous “C-Groove” markings, to market some 17 years ago. It’s a great brand name – the “YES” Putter, most of us are using a “Probably Not”!
On a personal note, keep an eye out for the new kid on the block - Trey Mullinax. Trey is the longest hitter on the U.S. Tour, a fraction ahead of Dustin Johnson. My wife’s cousin, Ross Flynn has moved to North Carolina after 30 years in Chicago. Ross’s son, David Flynn, has the fantastic opportunity to be Mullinax’s full time caddy – nice work if you can get it, when you think that Trey has won over $900,000 already this season!
Lastly, take a leaf out of Justin Rose’s book, and spend some time on your putting – most readers stats will show that putts make up 30% of their score. It makes sense to dedicate a third of your practice time to the “Flat Stick”. If it’s good enough for Justin Rose………….