This week Justin Rose is aiming to conquer the feat of Ben Hogan the legend of golf as he is retaining the U.S Open title this week at number 2 at the Pinehurst. Rose is vying for success in North Carolina which will be double win and his major title that too first at Merion.
Hogan won twice in 1950 and 1951with win in Merion being his initial one. Apart from him Curtis Strange finished winning twice in two years in the U.S Open tournament 25 years before. The precedence at Merion is known by Rose as he his notching for a defense title. This thought is well aware by Rose. According to the statement given to the reporters the title of U.S Open is adaptable by him but he does not like to be called as the defending champion. The defending tag puts him back at the eight ball. He does not even want be defensive.
A very powerful contingent is headed by Rose including Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Paul Casey in the first major which is going to be enthralling. A fan exuberantly ranked their rate of success ahead of England in the ongoing Brazil World Cup. For Rose they have better chance of success than England. It is an intuition that England will somehow manage to win but actually whether they will or not is a question mark. For Rose winning it the second time is crucial as well as necessary.
Phil Mickelson on the other hand is convinced that he is going to clinch the position for the sixth time. Every player is feeling strong about the team and wants to win it for their country. Rose wants to fulfill his dream of his boyhood.
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American golfer Tiger Woods seem likely to miss out on participating in the 2014 edition of the US Masters due to a back injury. The golfer has been struggling with the back injury for the majority of the season, and it seems that the injury will force him out of the upcoming US Masters tournament.
According to sources, Tiger Woods is reportedly suffering from a bulging disc which may not require a surgery, but may threaten his chances to make an appearance at the Augusta for the tournament running from April 10-13.
The golfer was forced to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to back spasms which did not subside, according to his website. Tiger Woods has been successful in winning the title eight times till now and missed a chance at his ninth trophy.
According to the press reports, Woods have not released the diagnosis details publicly, but the spasm update indicates towards a back injury. It is most likely that the golfer is trying his best to recover from the injury and fight for his fifth green jacket.
Woods’ website states that it is still too early to comment on the issue of his participation in the US Masters, and the golfer is trying his level best to work with the doctors and rehabilitate back to health. The injury has already disrupted his last two tournaments – WGC Cadillac Championship and the Honda Classic – and he will not be happy if he misses the prestigious US Masters.
Tiger Woods have to withdraw after only 13 holes at the Honda Classic and after a third round 66 at the WGC Cadillac Championship, which ruled him out for both the titles.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for the American legend, but it seems that he is facing a race against the time to recover for the US Masters.
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Veteran golfer John Senden successfully completed his capture of only the second PGA title of his 13 years of golfing career – the Vasper Championship which was being played in Florida. The Australian golfer had been facing a rough patch for quite some time now and his only title before this came almost eight years ago when he was able to clinch the John Deere Classic in 2006. He performed really well in the end stages of the tournament and was able to beat second placed American Kevin Na.
The main attraction of his victory at the Vasper was a spectacular 68 foot chip for birdie at the par four – 16th and it was followed by another magnificent birdie before he eventually finished it with a par.
Sanden announced his title aspirations by playing a seven under par at the end of Saturday and then he began the next day just behind over night leader Robert Garrigus.
But the lead was short lived as Garrigus fell apart in the ninth, and Senden took advantage of the situation by conjuring pick up shots at the first and the fifth which made him the leader before a bogey at the seventh could stop his advances by the seventh bogey.
The 42 year old again faltered at the 12 and also in the 13 which potentially meant all over for him, but he was able to recover in order to finish the famous victory with a great birdie.
Na had begun the day just a single shot behind Garrigus and he picked up a shot on the fifth before giving it back on the sixth.
This victory has been an excellent achievement for the veteran and it can easily be said that this can the exact result which prompts a return of form.