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Justin Rose hasn’t tasted a Tour win since 2019

Justin Rose insists he retains the drive and ambition to get his career back on an upward trajectory as he prepares for this week’s US PGA Championship at Southern Hills, live on Sky Sports Golf.

Rose won the US Open in 2013 and Olympic gold in Rio three years later, but he has not tasted victory since February 2019 and missed the Masters Cup for the second time in his career last month after two rounds of 76.

Results like these have put the former world number one outside the top 50 for the first time in over a decade, but Rose is relishing the challenge as he strives to win more A-class titles.

“I feel like it’s a precious little reset for me,” Rose told the Palestinian News Agency. “I’ve always tried to be proud of the way I play in the major tournaments and that’s obviously the goal now.

“I work hard and feel very motivated to be honest with you.

“I think that’s what gives you playing badly. It tells you what you have to do to play better and sometimes that work is hard or exciting and I actually get excited about the challenge of work and practice.

“That’s kind of the way I’ve always worked. Sometimes it wasn’t the smoothest profession, but every time I had my back against a wall, it inspired me to do whatever it took to get out of this position.”

Justin Rose fired a tee on danger on the penultimate hole of his match against Adam Scott at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, only to punch through the drop zone to extend the contest!

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Justin Rose fired a tee on danger on the penultimate hole of his match against Adam Scott at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, only to punch through the drop zone to extend the contest!

Justin Rose fired a tee on danger on the penultimate hole of his match against Adam Scott at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, only to punch through the drop zone to extend the contest!

When asked if he still has the determination to get back to the top, Rose added: “One hundred percent. I’m 41, time is running out and you don’t always have to hit those goals, so there seems to be a lot of work.”

“There’s always that belief and that’s the most important thing. I still think I have some great days ahead of me on the golf course. I still feel great, my body feels great, and I have the experience under my belt.

“Now it comes down to form and execution and I feel these pieces of the puzzle are what you need. I really feel like I’m working smarter and in better directions and gaining more direction.

Rose finished 12th when Southern Hills hosted the US PGA Championship in 2007 during the August heat wave that prompted a welcome gesture from one of his fellow players.

“I remember having thick black socks complaining about my hot feet, and the next day there were 12 pairs of really nice thin white socks in my closet thanks to Rory Sabatini, whose wardrobe is close by,” Rose recalls.

“For Southern Hills I think it’s a very nice fairway type of greens place. Good golf test.

“It also hosts the US Open, so that has to be in my cockpit for the courses where I’ve always played well; I’m excited.”

Rich Beam says he hasn't seen Phil Mickelson withdraw from the US PGA Championship but thinks there are more questions to ask.

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Rich Beam says he hasn’t seen Phil Mickelson withdraw from the US PGA Championship but thinks there are more questions to ask.

Rich Beam says he hasn’t seen Phil Mickelson withdraw from the US PGA Championship but thinks there are more questions to ask.

Mickelson withdraws from the USA PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson has pulled out of the US PGA Championship next week and will not defend his title.

Mickelson has taken a break from golf since the fallout from his explosive comments on the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed split led by Greg Norman.

The six-time major winner signed up for the US PGA and US Open next month on April 25 and also ordered a version of the PGA Tour to play at the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series event June 9-11.

The PGA Tour denied that request earlier this week.

Claude Harmon III shares his thoughts on Phil Mickelson after he withdrew from the PGA Championship, of which he is the defending champion.

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Claude Harmon III shares his thoughts on Phil Mickelson after he withdrew from the PGA Championship, of which he is the defending champion.

Claude Harmon III shares his thoughts on Phil Mickelson after he withdrew from the PGA Championship, of which he is the defending champion.

A statement from the PGA Championship organizers read: “We have just learned that Phil Mickelson has retired from the PGA Championship. Phil is the title holder and is currently eligible for PGA Life membership and we wish we had participated.

“We wish Phil and Amy well and look forward to his return to golf.”

Mickelson became the oldest major golf champion in the PGA Championship last year when, less than a month after turning 51, he beat Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen to a two-stroke victory on Ocean Course on Kiawah Island.

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