Justin Rose, all roads lead to the Ryder Cup

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Justin Rose, all roads lead to the Ryder Cup
Justin Rose, all roads lead to the Ryder Cup

Many say that from 20 to 40 years everything that needs to happen happens, the rest is small details or big remakes; for 42-year-old Justin Rose, on the other hand, from 40 onwards, life is preparing to be "a blank canvas" (as he defines it Ed), which the Englishman wishes to draw inspired by the career of Steve Stricker, the smart guy from Wisconsin who managed to win seven times on the PGA Tour after blowing out the fateful 40 candles.

And judging by Justin's first months in 2023, it would seem that the former enfant prodige of British golf is "on the right track": a victory at Pebble Beach (the eleventh obtained on the US circuit), plus two top 10 heavyweights at The Players and the Pga Championship put Rose back in the running for the Roman Ryder Cup European team.

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Now: who could have even imagined it, after his two very opaque seasons between 2021 and 2022? Who, if not Justin himself, someone who has been a subscriber to comebacks and resurrections since his younger years when he missed 21 cuts in a row out of 21 tournaments played?, to then end up winning a US Open and a gold medal at the Olympic Games? Moral: today you observe Justin Rose, who always has his usual silky swing even if a few more wrinkles and a couple of silver threads have peeped out on his face, and you can't help but ask yourself: but when did he is it really starting to get old? Maybe when he stops hoping and believing he can still improve.

Maybe when he stops asking the right questions that everything is useless anyway. And perhaps when, as a result, even painful but intelligent decisions are no longer made. Well, Rose never allowed all this. Rather, he preferred to cut the accounts with the past (see the end of his relationship with coach Sean Foley) and believe in himself, in his talent, in his dedication and in his own choices.

So he relied on Mark Blackburn, Max Homa's swing guru, physio Charlie Marshall and caddy Josh Cassell: he took a risk, placing his career in the hands of a whole new trio and yet the results came. And maybe they arrived faster than he expected, with his ball now traveling at 178 miles an hour, faster and stronger than ever before.

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