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Major scheduling changes not good for golf, insists Rose

Prep time: Justin Rose took a month off to get ready
Prep time: Justin Rose took a month off to get ready

By Carl Markham

Justin Rose has taken the whole month off after the US Open to prepare for a fourth Major in as many months after the schedule was rearranged this year to bring the USPGA forward to May.

The 2013 US Open champion is not a fan of the change, which he thinks gives little time to rest and recover.

"This is unchartered territory for me to take time off between Majors," he added.

"I think we're all trying to adapt to this new rhythm of the Majors.

"One Major a month really, in my opinion, they're too soon.

"For me a Major championship should be the things that are protected the most.

"If you're trying to compare one career to another career, Jack versus Tiger, it's the Majors that are the benchmarks.

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"For them to be tweaked so much I think is quite interesting at this point."

He is hoping, however, the break will have recharged the batteries enough for him to be able to play with the same sort of freedom which saw him record his best Open finish 12 months ago at Carnoustie.

Having just made the cut with a 15-foot putt at his final hole on Friday, the 38-year-old progressed over the next two days to finish joint second.

"I wasn't doing a lot different at that point (on Friday) but I think going out there and free-wheeling a little bit on Saturday and playing more aggressively helped," he said.

"It is more of the intention (this week), for sure, obviously be focused and be disciplined with the preparation and the game plan but not be reckless.

"I'm not going to go out and hit drivers on day one but you can still play with freedom even though you're playing with respect to the golf course."

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