Playoff thoughts not limiting Rose

14 August 2021 19:51:18 GMTPlus11
Justin Rose is battling hard to make the FedEx Cup Playoffs

Justin Rose says he will not let the permutations surrounding his qualification for the FedEx Cup playoffs constrain him as he eyes glory at the Wyndham Championship.

The Englishman is 151.00 to win in Greensboro and knows a top-10 finish this week would see him qualify for the end of season playoffs.

Rose won the post-season in 2018 but has struggled for consistency ever since, with his seventh at the Masters and T8 at the PGA Championship his sole top 10s for the current campaign.

Long wait for more US success

The 41-year-old's last PGA Tour victory came all the way back at the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open but he has started the week in North Carolina well, carding rounds of 66 and 65.

Winning would go a long way to kind of feel like you can compete in the Playoffs.

Justin Rose

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That leaves the 2013 US Open winner in a tie for fifth heading into the weekend, five shots adrift of leader Russell Henley.

Henley opened the week with a 62 and backed it up on Friday with a second round featuring seven birdies and just a single bogey to sign for a 64 and reach 14-under.

Rory Sabbatini, Webb Simpson and Scott Piercy are tied for second on 10-under ahead of what looks set to be an intriguing weekend at the final tournament before the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Rose not limiting expectations

Rose knows he needs to at least finish on the first page of the leaderboard to make the field for next week's The Northern Trust but says the confidence that winning would breed means he is refusing to limit his ambitions.

"I know I need to finish top-10, but at the same time there's no point limiting yourself to that kind of thinking," he said. "Winning would go a long way to kind of feel like you can compete in the Playoffs."

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