March 5 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
DORAL, Fla. -- A year ago, Justin Rose had a 16-round plan.
"I believed that if I just didn't look up for 16 rounds, something good was going to happen," Rose said Tuesday. "And that's exactly what did happen."
Though he'd played the two weeks prior, Rose's run began in earnest at The Honda Classic, continued down I-95 South to the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral, across the state to Tampa and back to Orlando for a home game at Bay Hill.
Along the way, Rose won the WGC-Cadillac Championship and sandwiched it with a fifth-place finish at PGA National and a tie for 15th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
"I ran out of steam a little bit towards the end, but I feel like my game is in similar shape this year," said Rose, who is coming off a fourth-place finish at The Honda Classic.
Unlike last year, however, Rose has played just one other time this year on the PGA TOUR. That came at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, where he eliminated in the second round.
He's also putting in extra work with the putter, having hired David Orr in the middle of last year.
Orr has worked with a number of players on TOUR, including Charlie Wi, who has consistently ranked as one of the game's best with the flat stick.
"If the putter warms up just a little bit, which is what happened here last year, then I think chances are good for getting back into contention," Rose said.
But with the year's first major a little more than a month way, Rose is mindful not to wear himself out.
Last year, for example, he played late into December 2011 and started back up early in 2012.
"Just a little cautious of doing too much at this point," he said. "I didn't feel over‑golfed at this time last year but I just don't want that to be the case"