World primary Justin Rose insisted he nonetheless relishes the “grind” of difficult for golf’s largest prizes as he prepares to embark on subsequent season with new golf equipment.
A primary profitable title defence of his profession within the Turkish Airways Open took Rose again to the highest of the world rankings, a place he first occupied for 2 weeks in September.
The 38-year-old has now received 5 instances and recorded 24 top-10 finishes in his final 31 occasions, with such consistency seeing him win the FedEx Cup title and a bonus of $10million (£7.7million).
Nevertheless, Rose is decided to not relaxation on his laurels as he appears to be like so as to add to a glittering CV which incorporates one main title, an Olympic gold medal, greater than 20 match wins worldwide and a vital function in three Ryder Cup victories.
“I feel Phil Mickelson stated that he is nonetheless hungry to maintain shifting ahead and I feel the minute you begin to mirror [on your career], it could sort of soften you just a little bit,” Rose stated.
“It is like if you begin excited about your time, you are performed, principally. I am attempting to benefit from the second as a result of moments like these are fulfilling. [But] I really like the grind of it. I really like that feeling.
“The extra I may be aggressive, the extra I can play below stress, that is what I actually take pleasure in. After which the reflection, the nice and cozy, fuzzy emotions, we’ll save for down the highway.
“The enjoyable factor is I nonetheless really feel like there’s enchancment available and that is what I am in search of. I do not know if I am a bit, you understand, no matter within the head, however I am actually trying ahead to the low season to nonetheless work at a couple of issues and nonetheless get higher.”
Rose has reclaimed the world No.1 rating from Brooks Koepka (Getty)
Rose’s sole main title to this point got here within the 2013 US Open at Merion, however he was second in July’s Open Championship at Carnoustie and has twice completed runner-up within the Masters, most famously dropping a play-off to Sergio Garcia in 2017.
“I feel subsequent yr goes to be about majors and simply total restoration, perhaps not enjoying an excessive amount of and being as recent as I can for these,” Rose added.
“At Augusta I am at all times there or thereabouts on the leaderboard yearly. I really feel good there. I understand how to play the course, I learn the greens effectively there. If my iron play sharpens up, which is has performed just a little little bit of late, I feel it is an amazing alternative for me.
“The Open Championship will not be one which I’ve traditionally performed that nice at, however I feel I am prepared to interrupt that sort of spell just a little bit and have an amazing alternative this yr, particularly making a run from the minimize line to complete second.
“Then the PGA Championship, there is no motive why I am unable to play effectively in that one. These are sort of in my wheelhouse, these kinds of golf programs.”
As for these new golf equipment, Rose will begin 2019 enjoying irons made by the Japanese firm Honma Golf, though he’ll nonetheless use TaylorMade’s ball and woods.
TaylorMade is opting to signal youthful gamers and didn’t renew their take care of Sergio Garcia on the finish of 2017, although he had received the Masters that April.
Rose had spoken cryptically in his winner’s press convention on Sunday of “issues that I must get found out,” however when requested particularly in regards to the change of kit he advised Morningread.com: “The place there’s smoke, there’s hearth.”