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Rose confident driver will carry him to US PGA glory

 

Justin Rose
Justin Rose

By Phil Casey

Justin Rose hopes to reap the rewards of "Project 300" as he tries to become the first Englishman to win the US PGA Championship for 100 years.

To do so at Bethpage Black, a par-70 measuring more than 7,400 yards, distance will be vital, and Rose has revealed how he beccame one of just 48 PGA Tour players who currently average more than 300 yards off the tee.

"Four or five years ago we had a bit of a project within the team that we called Project 300," said Rose, whose average of 305.7 yards has him ranked 22nd in 2019.

"I felt like to be one of the best players in the world you had to fly the ball 300 yards in the air.

"And the last few years we've been able to achieve that through technique and through fitness and various other factors.

"This is the kind of golf course where you're looking at the field not necessarily as 156 (players), but maybe looking at 30, 40 guys that can win this tournament based on the length, and I think driving the golf ball and distance will be a really big advantage this week."

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