PGA Tour Confidential: The AT&T National

Justin Rose
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Start of something major? Justin Rose has won twice in the last month on the PGA Tour.

Every week of the 2010 PGA Tour season, the editorial staff of the SI Golf Group will conduct an e-mail roundtable. Check in on Mondays for the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors and join the conversation in the comments section below.

Damon Hack, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: We are in the midst of the summer of Justin Rose, and who among us saw this coming? All he's done in the last five weeks is win the Memorial and the AT&T National. Only Tiger Woods and K.J. Choi have pulled off that same-year double, and it easily could have been a three-pack if not for Rose's messy Sunday at the Travelers. I see majors in his future, and soon. I see him being among the players who will make Tiger's road to 19 majors twisted and grueling. What have you, lovers of golf, seen from Rose in the last month? A nice patch of play or the next Nick Faldo?

Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Somewhere in between, skewing toward nice patch of play. He now has to be considered a dark horse at the majors, but I'm still not ready to become a believer.

Cameron Morfit, senior writer, Golf Magazine: We have to keep in mind that Rose is (sorry) a late-bloomer. The guy did nothing but miss cuts when he first turned pro, and then he was the king of the 18- and 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. Now he's figuring out he's good enough to win. I'm with you, Damon. I think Rose will win majors.

Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: I like his upside as much anybody out there. Plus, he's learning how to win and fully accepts that the process is bumpy and rough. He's getting better. My only question is, does he win a green jacket or claret jug first?

Jim Herre, managing editor, SI Golf Group: I like Rose's game, especially driving and putting, but he's not nearly as steely as Faldo. I see Rose having a nice career and contending, and probably stumbling a few times, before winning a major.

Van Sickle: Two wins don't make a player a favorite to win a major championship. But in Rose's case, it's a strong step forward.

Morfit: I agree that he'll probably need to put himself in the smoke on Sunday at a major once or twice before he figures out how to win one. St. Andrews next week is probably too soon, especially given the added pressure of playing in the home Open.

Van Sickle: Don't make those Scots angry, Cam. The Open is in Scotland. Rose is from England.

Morfit: Well aware, Gary, but an Open is an Open in the history books. I'd bet Tiger still counts the U.S. Opens he won outside his home state of California.

Van Sickle: Unless California and Oregon have a war, I don't think the comparison works. In lieu of a Scot, though, you're right — fans over there will root for any European over any American or anyone else.

Farrell Evans, writer-reporter, Sports Illustrated: Justin Rose has game, and right now he's probably playing better than anybody in the world, but he's got to show me something in the majors, where his best finish was a tie for fourth at the at the 1998 British Open.

Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: I don't see any killer in him. I don't see a gift for putting, not that Faldo had it either, particularly. Having said that, he looks like he's made for U.S. Open play, and, if he can take the heat, the PGA Championship, too. But he will win his major on his schedule, sometime between now and 2028.

David Dusek, deputy editor, Justin Rose's run reminds me of the hot streaks we saw from Kenny Perry a few times in the mid-2000s. Huge off the tee, irons like rockets and riding a hot putter. Perry also started his tears at the Memorial, as I recall. I'm not ready to hand Mr. Rose the claret jug just yet, but he's certainly the hottest player out there right now.

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