December 25 2013
With the PGA TOUR set to resume its 2013-14 season the first week of January, PGATOUR.COM is previewing the top 30 players to watch heading into the new year. We'll count down one a day in December until we unveil our No. 1 player to watch on Dec. 30, the Monday of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Check out this preview of No. 6 Justin Rose and join the discussion below on how you think he'll perform in 2014. Click here for more on the top 30 players to watch in 2014.
NO. 6 PLAYER TO WATCH: JUSTIN ROSE
2014 OUTLOOK: Justin Rose has always had a reputation as a player who prospers on tough courses and he proved it last year at the U.S. Open when he came from behind to beat Phil Mickelson by two strokes. At that point it was his third top-10 in his last five majors and Rose will surely be focused on adding to that tally in 2014. Not to mention, Rose -- who beat Mickelson in Singles two years ago -- dearly wants to make his third European Ryder Cup team. And another steady season like 2013 will certainly land Rose on Paul McGinley's squad. He posted seven top-10s on the PGA TOUR, including a second-place duel with Tiger Woods at Bay Hill and three more during the FedExCup Playoffs on the way to a 10th place finish in the season-long competition. -- Helen Ross
THUS FAR THIS SEASON: Rose shot three rounds in the 60s on the way to a fifth-place finish at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. He also tied for third in Turkey and 10th at the DP World Tour Championship as he posted a third-place finish in the European Tour's Race to Dubai to send him into 2014.
Streaky putters are always better long-term owns but he posted 13 top-25s in just 17 starts in 2013. The irony is that a guy of his tee-to-green proficiency has zero top-20s among just five cuts made in 10 starts at THE PLAYERS Championship. TPC Sawgrass is his kryptonite. -- Rob Bolton
|ON THE MARK
Justin Rose is widely respected for his ball-striking and his perennially high Greens in Regulation statistics and with good reason. To me though, Rose is one of the best chippers and pitchers in the game and coupled with his accuracy into the greens this makes seeing Rose’s name near the top of leaderboards highly likely. Justin also has a fierce work ethic and is always working on making improvements to his technique and this will naturally help as he continues to address his putting and improvement thereof. -- Mark Immelman
The harder the better for Justin. There may have been a mental barrier about closing out a major championship until he broke through at the U.S. Open. The Honda Classic at PGA National tests a player’s patience like a major championship. It’s usually played in high wind, and all that criteria fits Rose’s game. -- Fred Albers
|INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Rose was noticeably longer off the tee in 2013, averaging 296.6 yards to rank 27th. That’s 6 yards longer off the tee than 2012 and 2011, 8 yards longer than 2010 and ’09, and 10 yards longer than ’08. Since 2011, he’s trending upward in iron play (T93 to T32 to T2 in proximity) and total driving (T68 to T15 to fourth). -- Bill Cooney