Fatigue no issue for Rose

Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Justin Rose
Justin Rose

Travelling to three continents in as many weeks is enough to make anyone want a good rest, but Englishman Justin Rose insists fatigue won't be a factor at this week's Australian Open at The Lakes.

Rose, the highest ranked player in the field at No.4, played the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and Nedbank Challenge in South Africa in consecutive weeks en route to Sydney.

"Physically I'm hanging in there," Rose said immediately after completing his Pro-Am round in windy conditions on Wednesday morning.

"I had a good night's sleep last night. That's always the key when you have a big time zone change.

"Physically I still feel pretty fresh to be honest and I'm looking forward to ending the season on a high note.

"The Australian Open is a tournament that has a great, illustrious list of champions.

"It's a tournament that I've always held in high regard and I felt like it would be a nice way to finish the year."

Rose shot a final-round 62 to finish runner-up behind world No.1 Rory McIlroy in Dubai but cooled off at Sun City, finishing 11th in a 12-man field.

The 32-year-old is confident last week was just a 'hiccup' and heads into his second Australian Open expecting to claim his first Stonehaven Cup.

"My goal, obviously, this week is to end with another win but more importantly it's to end the year with a disciplined process," he said.

"I don't want to take my eye off the ball - it's the end of the year, you're tired - I want to come here sharp, I want to trust everything that's worked well for me all year long.

"So from that perspective, stay focused, prepare as hard as I can and as well as I can.

"You can never guarantee a result in golf, obviously, but what you can do is go out and be disciplined about your work ethic and that's my goal this week."

Rose will be playing alongside tournament favourite Adam Scott in the opening two rounds.

"That's a great draw for me. Adam, I regard as one of my best friends out on tour as well," he said.

"We're both incredibly competitive but we're also good friends.

"The great thing about golf is you play the golf course. You're not really eye to eye, head to head, especially on days one and two.

"It will be a fun pairing.

"The Aussie boys ... you see the conditions out there this week, these are pretty tough, testing conditions.

"I think that's what makes Australian players such good players because you grew up on great golf courses, you grew up in windy conditions and they're going to be certainly very hard to beat this week."