DP World Tour Championship

Rose wilts but reacts to ‘life lesson’ with typical class

By Kent Gray
Justin Rose chalked it up as another tough “life lesson” and handled it like he had his U.S. Masters near miss in April – like the class act he is.

The 37-year-old Englishman seemingly had the DP World Tour Championship and the Race to Dubai title in his grasp when he inexplicably imploded with three bogeys in a four hole stretch on Earth.

It handed the tournament to Jon Rahm and the season to pal Tommy Fleetwood and left Rose completing a share of fourth, the unwanted order-of-merit bridesmaids tag and what might have been.

But as he had after Sergio Garcia got up in their Augusta National playoff to win the Green Jacket in April, Rose handled the disappointment with aplomb.

“I knew I needed to come out and stay positive and aggressive and keep the pedal down today because this is such a score-able golf course, and I always knew there was a possibility of someone bursting through the pack,” Rose said afterwards.

“The front nine I was in the moment, I felt calm and good about things, but yeah, this is a life lesson.”

“The 12th was a disappointing mistake, but even going down 14 I felt like everything was in hand. A shot into the water there ultimately put me in chasing mode, then it was tough to make something happen.”


Kent Gray

Editor of Golf Digest Middle East. Has written about golf since 1989 and owned a suspect short game even longer.

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