Justin Rose not putting special emphasis on majors despite latest big-money win at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final
Last Updated: October 12, 2012 3:41pm
Justin Rose: playing down major expectations
Turkish Airlines World Golf winner Justin Rose says he isn't putting pressure on himself to win a major.
Rose, who won his first WGC event in Florida earlier this year, confirmed his status as one of the game's leading lights by beating a top-class albeit limited eight-man field in Turkey.
But speaking after his one-shot win over Lee Westwood in the final, Rose said that while "I like to think I'm getting there", specifically targetting majors wasn't the be all and end all.
"Obviously we've seen a lot of great players throughout history not quite get over that hump so I'm not wanting to build that up to be the only thing I need to achieve in the game," said Rose.
"I think I can become a lot more of a prolific winner, win more regularly and hopefully the majors will get in the way of that."
Beaten rival Westwood is widely regarded as the best player yet to have won a major and Rose admitted that his Ryder Cup team-mate had missed plenty of chances in their final.
After edging out Westwood 66 to 67, Rose said: "Lee again played solidly today. Where the putts went in yesterday for him, they burned the edge today and when he'll look back at the round there were a lot of chances for him.
"But it got tight at the end. He did what he had to do; he put the pressure on me all the way. He made a great four at 16 where I thought his ball was actually wet with the second shot.
"And then obviously at the 18th (Westwood made birdie after putting his approach to five feet) he kept the pressure going."
Impressed by Turkey
This week's event has helped put Turkey on the golfing map and it was also announced this week that next year's European Tour schedule will feature the debut of the Turkish Open.
Rose believes the country is now a bona fide golfing destination.
"I've been lucky enough to see a couple of the courses in the area and they all look fantastic. What better place to come and play a bit of winter golf," said the Englishman.
"The weather's been fantastic, the crowds have been wonderful and the Turkish hospitality has been brilliant for us all week."