Justin Rose’s ‘finest hour’ came long time ago

Career measured by showing as 17-year-old amateur in ‘98 British Open

“What happened,” Foley said, “quickly shifted to be so much more about the result.

“At 17, rather than understanding the gravity of the situation, they would internally just think there’s something wrong with them.”

Not winning this season disappoints Rose, of course. Putting is a big part of the problem. Confidence is the thing, as thoughts swirl through Rose’s head when he stands over the ball. You change putters and technique and setup, searching for comfort on the green. Deep down, Rose believes he is a good putter.

But the closer one gets to a goal, Foley believes, the more self-induced pressure follows.

The same could be said for majors. Win one, and you’re remembered forever. Or finish fourth, like Rose, and your career could never be the same.

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