Wednesday, 08 August 2018
Justin Rose  (Getty Images)
Justin Rose (Getty Images)

Justin Rose is ready to go at the US PGA Championship after reporting no injury problems.

The World Number Three missed the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week due to a back injury and has not played a practice round yet at Bellerive Country Club.

But the 38 year old reported no issues after hitting a few balls on Wednesday and is ready to challenge at the last Major Championship of the year, which starts on Thursday.

Rose, the 2013 US Open winner, said: "I wouldn't say there's any injury per se. It's just one of those things. I just had a facet joint tighten up.

"I could have maybe persevered last week if it was the last event of the season or something like that, but just with what's coming up this week it just wasn't the prudent decision to play through.


"Even this week, I haven't actually played a practice round in terms of going out there with my golf clubs. I have walked each nine and got some good visuals.

"So I kind of, I hit some balls today and felt absolutely fine and really comfortable with my swing and the way it's moving."

Rose has top 12 finishes at each of the first three Majors this season, with his best finish being a tie for second at the Open Championship last month.

He will start his campaign tomorrow when he tees off with Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth and he has his eyes on a second Major victory.

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"It's the last opportunity (of the year) to win one," Rose added.

"Obviously, a good year becomes a phenomenal year with a Major Championship. It's what I strive for. It's what I build my year around."

Victory would end England's 99-year wait for a US PGA Championship victory, after Jim Barnes' win in New York in 1919.

"Well, that's my lucky number. 99," Rose said. "That's the number on my golf ball. I'm looking for any good omen I can get. Certainly, it is time. I'm playing well enough to do it, and there's a bunch of us playing well enough to do it."

One of those is reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who is third in this year's standings.

He has been in the top 17 at all three majors and finished second in the US Open in June after a record-equalling final round of 63 at Shinnecock Hills. Now the 27 year old is thinks he is getting closer to his first Major victory.

"I've had a good run of putting myself in contention in a lot of events and a lot of the big events, and it just so far hasn't happened," he said,

"Sometimes golf is just like that, and it's just a case of keep doing what you're doing and eventually it will happen.

"Four days is a long time, and for me it's just not quite happened over four days for the last few weeks. But I feel like I'm close and closing in."

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