Rose became a professional the next day.
Rose has struggled in majors since winning the 2013 US Open and he is at a loss to explain why he has failed to return to those dizzy heights.
It’s been 25 years since Faldo lifted the Claret Jug at St Andrews and he has already announced that this year’s competition will be his final at the Home of Golf. “It would be a realisation of a lot of childhood dreams and hard work”. You don’t get picky.
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“You can’t fall out of a TV tower and come and play here and hope”.
Faldo originally said this would be his last Open before saying he could still play at Troon next year, but added: ” I’ll let you know.
Then there’s Rose, a major champion unlike the other three, but someone who has no British Open finish better than 12th since that magical week as a baby-faced amateur at Royal Birkdale.
“I used to pose my follow-through in the garden in the reflection of the window and pretend it was the front cover of a magazine”. There have been runner-up finishes for Faldo, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood but, despite a period when England boasted some of the finest players in the world, the most famous trophy in golf is yet to return south of the border. I made sure to keep to the same routine, even heading into the play-off.
“I won the Scottish Open around a very linksy golf course in those windy conditions past year”.
“To be honest, I’ve always played the Old Course pretty well”. My Open record isn’t great. Last time The Open was here five years ago the normally ebullient little Spaniard cut a forlorn figure that scarcely resembled the usual cheeky, wise-cracking force of nature fittingly nicknamed El Nino.
Faldo, who will celebrate his 58th birthday during the Open, spends more time these days in the commentary box than on the golf course.
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The fact he seems to have rectified his putting problems – having never previously been regarded as being an ideal player round the greens – suggests his chances of glory are as strong as ever.
Rose did not have the best run-up to the Open this year.
“I’ve been in this situation a number of times, so it’s not new on me”. On some putts, not all, Louis Oosthuizen would look at the hole during the stroke, instead of looking down at the ball.