Justin Rose happy with the way he fought back into contention after terrible start

Joy Chakravarty 07:37 24/11/2014
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Hanging in there: Justin Rose admitted he was always playing catch up in Dubai.

Four-over par after his first 10 holes in the tournament, Justin Rose felt he did well to finish tied for second in the DP World Tour Champion­ship yesterday.

The world No7 made five birdies in his last eight holes on Thursday, and kept improving his position thereafter before finishing the week at 14-under par, two behind champion Henrik Stenson and tied with world No1 Rory McIlroy and Victor Dubuisson.

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And Rose, who closed with a round of 69 yesterday that included three birdies in three holes late in the day, reflected on the week, saying: “I mean, all week I was clawing my way back, clawing my way back right from the start on Thursday. Today, I got off to a good start, did everything I needed to do early in my round but made a few poor mistakes in the middle.

“I felt good about the way I fin­ished. I would have loved to have made a birdie on the 18th, but at the end of the day, I’m very proud of the way I kept hanging in and kept com­ing back.”

Rose, who came close in the end, said he wasn’t even thinking of getting anyway near Stenson when he made the turn at 11-under, while the Swede was way ahead at 16-under.

“Playing 18, I knew I had a good chance. My drive got somewhat lucky and stayed out of the haz­ard by a couple yards. I had a good 3‑wood into the green but it is just a very difficult shot in there.

“But when I made the turn, I wasn’t optimistic at all. At that point I was trying to redeem myself and just have a decent finish. The wind really picked up on the back nine and made it tricky.

“What was really important for me this week was how I carried myself and how I reacted to adver­sity and how I managed myself and my game. No matter what the result was, I was proud of the way I played this week.”

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