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'Whole new look' for world number one Rose

28th January 2019, 08:02 by Simon Barlow

After holding off Adam Scott to win the Farmers Insurance Open, Justin Rose says he "challanged the status quo" in a bid to improve.

The world number one held a three-shot lead going into the final round at Torrey Pines but, despite carding three bogeys in his opening five holes, won by two shots from the Australian.

Rose, who had a new brand of clubs in his bag and a new caddie by his side, played the last 12 in five under to card a three-under 69 and win on 21 under.

"I haven't won in January since about 2002, so this feels great," said the 38-year-old.

"I am really happy. I challenged the status quo and changed everything up in the search to try to get better."

New caddie Gareth Lord was on his bag for just the second time, with his regular caddie Mark Fulcher recovering from heart surgery.

"I felt comfortable with the way I drove the ball this week on a tough test," added Rose, who switched golf club brands at the end of last year.

"A whole new look for me. But I don't mind it, if it is going to produce this golf."

The victory secured the 2013 US Open champion a 10th US PGA Tour title and his first win since the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour in November.

Scott birdied the last four holes to shoot a 68 and finish second.

Rory McIlroy (69) finished seven strokes off the lead in a tie for fifth while Tiger Woods (67) was four shots further back.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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