“The course is an absolute brute, but I love the reputation it has,” Rose told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Tuesday. “I love the fact that it’s a public course. I love the fact that people go there to challenge themselves, and it’s the same for us pros.”
Rose also talked about his 10th-place performance at the Masters, saying the wind was a real challenge.
“I think Augusta National is the ultimate target golf course, meaning that when you’re hitting your iron shots into the greens, the landing area that you’re trying to hit is tiny, to get the right slope, to work the ball to the pin,” the 2013 U.S. Open champ said.
“When the wind’s that strong, almost you have to allow for the wind on the greens, which becomes really, really difficult to trust. I think that’s why I struggled with it, especially on Friday. I three-putted probably three or four times during that round, which is tough.”
Danny Willett, Rose’s fellow Englishman, came from behind to win the Masters. It was his first major victory.
“For Danny, he’s had things going on off the course and on the course. I think he had a baby within a week of winning the Masters, too,” Rose said. “So his life is completely upside down, but in a completely great way. He’s been playing great golf for a while. He won earlier in the year. He’s slowly been making a name for himself on the PGA Tour and certainly in America, but now obviously winning the Masters has catapulted himself to a household name for anybody who follows golf.”
The Barclays is Aug. 25-28. It is the first pro tournament to be played at Bethpage Black since 2012.
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