Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rose The Man Out Front Despite not making the European Ryder Cup team last year, 2010 was a breakthrough year for Justin Rose. He shot a final-round 66 to win his first PGA Tour event at the Memorial. Rose added another title a month later when he won the AT&T National.
Turns out his win in Philadelphia meant more than just another trophy. It was the first time Rose won after starting the final round with at least a share of the lead -- before that, Rose was a dismal 0-5.
That's why it will be interesting to see what Rose does on Sunday at Innisbrook as he takes a one-shot lead into the final round over Webb Simpson and Brendon de Jonge. But the good thing for Rose is he's now a proven winner, and he can draw on those experiences as opposed to answering more questions about when he's going to break through.
"When you do deal with those questions, it makes getting into contention early in the week a very long week," Rose said. "Because obviously I'm aware of it -- and I know how to deal with it -- but it doesn't make it any easier. So, yeah, from that sense it's nice not to have to fend that one off." Watney's StreakNick Watney -- tied for sixth and only three shots off the lead -- will be a player to watch on Sunday for several reasons. Coming off a win last week at Doral, Watney has a chance to post a number and add pressure on the players behind him.
Watney also has a chance to extend his impressive top-10 streak. Dating back to the 2010 Tour Championship, Watney has finished in the top 10 in his last seven events. Oh, and don't forget the side bet he has with his caddie -- they're not getting haircuts until Watney finishes out of the top 10. The way he's playing, Watney will eventually have longer hair than this guy ... (Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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