Rose looking to bounce back at The Players
Justin Rose is targeting success at this week's The Players Championship after his Arnold Palmer Invitational "wake-up call".
The 38-year-old world number two returned to action at Bay Hill last week for the first time since he missed the cut in the Saudi International at the end of January.
And, while Rose made a promising start, his form dipped over the weekend with rounds of 75 and 77 on Saturday and Sunday respectively resulting in him finishing in a tie for 63rd in Orlando.
It was a disappointing climax for the Englishman and he is now looking to bounce back at TPC Sawgrass in Florida this week in a tournament which is regarded as the fifth major.
Rose said: "I thought I was in a good position really after two rounds, and I was very aware of how Bay Hill plays, that it can get tough on the weekend.
"A good score on either Saturday or Sunday and you can run through the field and obviously that was the case on Saturday more than Sunday.
"For me, everything was a little off. I didn't read the greens well. I didn't putt it badly but just didn't read the greens well, didn't see the ball going in, which is not a good start.
"I've got a few things to work on, but that's not necessarily a bad thing."
He added: "I think it was important. It was a week I just had to go through, I guess, and sometimes finishing 63rd is a wake-up call too.
"It just gives that little bit extra intensity coming into this week to make you realise that the game isn't easy and you've got to put in the work and make sure you tick all the boxes to prepare."
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