2013 US Open Champion, Justin Rose gets back to work this week at The Northern Trust Open. Rose hasn’t swung a club in competition since finishing T7 at The Nedbank Golf Challenge back in December, he has been nursing a sore shoulder due to tendonitis. Soreness in his right shoulder has kept him out of events during the Desert Swing on the European Tour, tournaments where he normally competes.
Even though Rose has not played since December, PGATour.com still has the world’s number five player ranked 14th in their power rankings when action gets underway on Thursday morning at the Riviera Country Club. The 33 year-old Brit who was born in Johannesburg will undoubtedly have some rust on his game, and picked a tough venue for his return.
Justin played at the WGC-HSBC Championships back in November, and picked up $300,000 for his T5 finish. For the first time, The HSBC Champions awarded both FedEx Cup, and Race To Dubai points, so he has a 112th place standing in FedEx Cup points, and 40th in RTD.
After his US Open win at Merion, Rose was not able to pick up another win on the year although he played well, especially during the FedEx Cup playoffs. He finished T2 at the Barclays, and a solo 6th at the Tour Championship.
I don’t disagree with the 14th place power ranking by Rob Bolton, and the fact that he has a couple of top 15’s at Riviera certainly should afford him some respect there. Rose is a great ball striker, and rust on the game is inevitable, but I think he should make the cut and pick up a nice check in his debut.
Source: PGATour.com and JustinRose.com
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