Justin Rose

Positive start to the year

Justin Rose

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Hitting on the fourth hole fairway at Torrey Pines

As I fly from the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego back home to Orlando and reflect on my week, I have mixed emotions.

Firstly, I'm really disappointed to have gotten sick. I had stomach flu from Wednesday evening for the remainder of the tournament which, after an off-season of working out and aiming to be healthy and raring to go, was frustrating.

But on the other hand, being under the weather forced me to stay patient, play one shot at a time and stay mentally tough to get the most out of the week. These foundations will pay off in the weeks to come.

It was an enjoyable week on other fronts. Torrey Pines is a spectacular venue and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. A great way to start the year!

Farmers Insurance do a really good job hosting the event and it felt like it was well supported from the San Diego community.

After dipping my toe back in the water of competitive golf, I know where my game and my head are at, so the next two weeks will be spent fine-tuning the areas of my game that require attention.

For me, that is mainly is my tee shots and fairway wood play. Taylormade have a new line of products out (R11S driver and RocketBallz 3 & 5 woods) which I have switched to and I know they are really good - it just sometimes takes a few rounds to start to feel 100 per cent comfortable with a change.

I also missed too many shots to the right this week. I will consult my coach Sean Foley and straighten that out too!

My chipping felt fairly sharp, which is good, and I had spells feeling really good with the putter so all in all, given the week's challenges, it was a positive start to the year.

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