Rose swept-aside any early season rust by following an impressive tied-second finish at Augusta with victory at last week???s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, lifting the Englishman back up to sixth in the world rankings.
The former US Open champion now heads to San Francisco as one of the players to watch at the new-look WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship, with McGinley expecting big things from his former Ryder Cup player in the months ahead.
???I think it???s going to be a strong year,??? McGinley told Sky Sports News HQ. ???He played very well in the Masters having showed no form early in the year and has followed that up now with a win.
???Justin???s the kind of the guy that gets in to a bit of a routine and once he gets his swing in sync, which he seems to have done, he???s a guy that???s almost a rebotic golfer. “He???s much better than that, but it is able to churn it out week after week with great consistency.???
Rose has been grouped alongside Ryan Palmer, Marc Leishmann and Match Play debutant Anirban Lahiri for the new round-robin format, while world No 1 Rory McIlroy has been handed a tough draw alongside American trio Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner.
While McIlroy hasn’t been able to replicate the performances that saw him secure Dubai Desert Classic victory back in February, McGinley warns that a strong display from the Northern Irishman at TPC Harding this week can’t be written off.??
???Rory???s always going to be a factor; he loves Match Play,??? McGinley added. ???He???s got great a record in Match Play and is world No 1, but at the same time everybody???s gunning for him and everybody will be looking to take his scalp.
???I???m looking forward to it. There???s something cut and thrust about the 18 hole matches.???