Of all the places and things that PGA Tour pros look to for inspiration, Justin Rose’s motivation throughout his 2015 Zurich Classic victory might be the oddest, but also most timely. Rose cited Golden State Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry as the key to his win.
Yep, a basketball player.
“I started off hot, went cold and [my caddie Mark Fulcher] just said, ‘come on, just remember Steph Curry,’” Rose said after claiming his seventh career PGA Tour victory. “He went cold, but he kept wanting the ball, kept shooting threes, kept believing in himself. That was our mentality. As soon as he said that I had a 12-footer, kept visualizing it going in and I made it. It kind of righted the ship.”
Rose attended a Warriors playoff game against the New Orleans Pelicans in which Curry missed a game-tying three pointer in the final seconds, only to get another try a few seconds later. Curry made his second late-game attempt, forcing an overtime period where the Warriors would eventually win.
The confidence-in-self mentality worked for Rose throughout the weekend as he played his second, third and final rounds without a bogey. His post-round interview can be found here: