Justin Rose admits he got his preparation for the year’s first Major wrong, which resulted in a missed cut and losing his place at the top of the world rankings.
The Englishman suffered his first missed cut at Augusta National and revealed he felt that his tune-up to the event was like cramming for an exam.
Despite decent performances in the buildup, Rose opened about that struggling time ahead of this week’s Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.
‘I started to practice harder than I would have liked in the days leading up to Augusta,’ he said.
‘I was always just sort of fighting my game a little bit, and then it’s like you’re sort of cramming for an exam.’
Rose, who took a month off in February to reboot, also changed up his regular routine, which did not pay dividends.
‘I think I got my preparation a little bit wrong. I did something different this year, I went to Sage Valley and practiced there for three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Went and played nine holes at Augusta on Sunday evening.’
Rounds of 75 and 73 saw the 38-year-old sit out the weekend before being overtaken by Dustin Johnson, sharing second, at the top of the latest world rankings.