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PGA Tour: Justin Rose units FedEx St. Jude Championship course file

Golf works in mysterious methods.

Simply ask Justin Rose, who has skilled reverse ends of the spectrum this week on the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

On Thursday, Rose carded a 6-over 76 and sat in useless final following the opening spherical.

The Englishman hit the ball properly, hitting 11-of-14 fairways, however missed a ton of putts—he totaled 33 of them to be actual.

If this week’s match had a 36-hole minimize, Rose would have needed to battle for his life on Friday.

However this championship—the primary spherical of the FedEx Cup Playoffs—doesn’t characteristic a minimize, which saved Rose the additional Friday stress and allowed him to concentrate on his recreation.

So after taking pictures a 3-under 67 on Friday, Rose shot a 9-under 61 Saturday, setting a brand new course file at TPC Southwind.

“There’s clearly no minimize, however with these condensed fields being 70 [golfers], I’m really a proponent of no minimize as a result of [these tournaments] are so laborious to get into,” Rose stated after Saturday’s record-setting spherical.

“[Having cuts] takes away the chance of a course file right now for guys who haven’t had the best couple of days however possibly have earned their proper to play in these huge occasions. I might nonetheless have a reasonably good week this week primarily based on having a weekend.”

PGA Tour, Justin Rose, FedEx St. Jude Championship

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Justin Rose checks his line earlier than placing on the eleventh gap at TPC Southwind on August 11, 2023.
Photograph by Jason Allen/ISI Images/Getty Pictures

Rose had a tournament-best 21-putts on Saturday, as he grew used to the velocity of the greens and climbed the leaderboard.

He now sits eight photographs again of chief Lucas Glover, however one other strong spherical on Sunday will preserve Rose within the prime 50 of the FedEx Cup standings.

In fact, these gamers that end within the prime 50 mechanically qualify for the eight “Signature Occasions” as a part of the 2024 PGA Tour Schedule. These occasions have elevated purses, high-caliber fields, and no 36-hole cuts.

“A lot of these tournaments are lengthy occasions,” Rose added. “If you consider going to subsequent yr, to get into all of the elevated occasions, you’ve received to be prime 50 on the FedExCup. It’s been on my thoughts all yr to make sure that you’re enjoying at a degree the place subsequent yr you possibly can construct a schedule to your liking and with no compromises.”

“50 has been a very necessary quantity, and that’s a reasonably good season.”

Fortunately for Rose, the absence of a 36-hole minimize this week has allowed him to chase that elusive top-50. Maybe he’ll go low once more Sunday, thus cementing his standing for 2024.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in Via. You possibly can observe him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. You’ll want to take a look at @_PlayingThrough too.

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