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I've plenty to be positive about: Rose


By Phil Casey

Justin Rose will focus firmly on the positives of his performance at Pebble Beach despite missing out on a second US Open title.

Rose began the final round a shot behind Gary Woodland and moved into a share of the lead with a birdie on the first, but bogeyed the second and eventually paid the price for a misfiring long game on the back nine.

The 2013 champion eventually carded a closing 74 to finish in a tie for third behind Woodland and World No.1 Brooks Koepka, who was denied a third straight US Open victory and fifth Major title in nine appearances by Woodland's nerveless 69.

"It doesn't hurt," said Rose, who lost a play-off to Sergio Garcia in the 2017 Masters after leading by two shots with six holes to play. "You reflect and go, 'How can I get better?'

"It hurts if you lose at the death and you make a mistake. The way it happened for me, I'm more proud of the fact I even gave myself a chance. I didn't have my A game this week.

"And to contend in a Major with no game, I take the positive. I felt good within myself in the situation, just you need to be really on point and I just gave away a couple of cheap bogeys.

"I felt like my focus didn't click in around the turn. Once the momentum left me, I had to rebuild and reset."

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