Rose targets first title defence

Justin Rose hopes to successfully defend a title for the first time in his career at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans this week.

Having won seven PGA Tour titles throughout his career, Rose has never managed to retain one the following year.

But the former US Open champions can take heart from his record at TPC Louisiana, where he has not finished outside the top 15 since 2011.

“I know defending is difficult. I think obviously winning is difficult, so therefore defending is difficult just as a by-product of that,” he said.

“You almost have more chance of defending than you do winning because you’re coming in on good memories, you’re coming in on a course that you feel comfortable on.

“There are some things that you need to be careful of, expectation and maybe some other pulls on your time during the week that come with defending champion, but provided you can manage all of that stuff, I think that the rest is all upside and you can go ahead and try and feed off the good energy.

“But also, you’ve got to realise that the course doesn’t realise that you’re defending champion. You need to go out there and build a whole new body of work around this week, so that’s my goal.”

The tournament gets underway on Thursday, when Rose will tee off alongside Billy Horschel and KJ Choi.

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