After shooting all four rounds in the 60’s, Justin Rose was able to claim his 10th
PGA Tour win by two strokes over Adam Scott at the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines.
Having switched club manufacturers over the off season many questioned the decision as Rose finished 2018 by almost claiming the world number one status. He had been with TaylorMade for almost 20 years but decided to join Japanese club maker Homma Golf as the moved seemed to have paid off. In an interview with Golf Digest upon signing with Homma, Rose talked about how important it was to be able to collaborate with his equipment manufacturer.
“That was really important, obviously, TaylorMade’s been one of the juggernauts of the game. There’s elements there that you can have an influence on, but they have a solid R&D team that’s working years in advance. The collaborative process of making these [Honma] irons was so much fun. I was able to make them look and feel like my own, which I think is awesome. … “Even in the utilities, the top line and toe profile look like they flow through the set. Before I felt like I had two different sets. There was that awkward transition. I don’t feel like I have that now, which is great.”
In just his second tournament using HONMA clubs, the FedEx champion came out on top, beating a highly competitive field that included Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler.
“Everything has worked out better than I would have hoped,” he said.
Rose missed four short putts in his first 6 holes and having watched his lead drop to a single stroke, he knew he had to turn his round around quick. In a move which many can learn from Rose draw a line on his score card as he knew it was time to start over.
“I said, ‘All right, we build the round from this moment on, you're No. 1 in the world for a reason, just start playing like it, please,’” Rose said.
The line seemed to have helped as he went to birdie three of the next four holes and was able to grind it out on the back nine for the two shot win.
“I always pride myself on the golf courses I've been able to win on and this one is another very great golf course with a lot of history,” Rose said. “I love winning on great tests of golf and this one will give some special feelings because of that.”
It was also good to see Australian Adam Scott back in form after becoming the first Australia to reach $US50 million on the US PGA Tour. Scott closed Sunday with four straight birdies for a 68 and was only 2 behind Rose.
“If I can keep this form over the next few months, and I’m in good for the Players and the Masters, I’m going to be play some really good golf,” he said.