Justin Rose eyes return to world No1 ranking — and lifts lid on the TWO-YEAR masterplan to put him there

Justin Rose aims to regain the No.1 world ranking this week — but admits “the Tiger effect” means a period of sustained dominance is unlikely.

The Ryder Cup 2018 hero is back here at the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya to defend his title, where victory would be enough to dethrone Brooks Koepka.

It would also give him the first ­successfully-defended title of his career, and the 38-year-old Brit has ­revealed the two-year ­process to bring those achievements within reach.

“It would be a great ­double whammy,” ­admitted Rose. “I very rarely set ­­outcome goals. I really focus on my game. But a couple of years ago, my team and I put a plan together for what we felt I had to do to get to world No.1.

“A big part of that was my putting. It’s not about just improving your ­putting. It’s how you go about that.

“I felt I could really improve between three and eight feet, so I built some putting drills to help me improve that. This year, on the PGA Tour, I was ranked No.1 from four to eight feet. So that’s how I choose to set my goals: Areas of my game, rather than results.

“I feel like the results take care of themselves.”

After sharing No.1 with Dustin Johnson and Koepka ­recently, Rose ­believes Woods’ influence has ­provided golf with ­incredible strength in depth.

“I think we are seeing the Tiger effect — Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas etc coming through to the top of the game having been ­influenced so much by him. The strength and depth now is pretty impressive. It’s nip and tuck.

“To see someone be No.1 for two, three years might be tricky, but ­certainly someone can win two or three times and build the lead for six months quite easily.”

SOURCE: Mirror.co.uk
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