Rose made five birdies on the back-nine in Saturday’s third round and he trails leader Jordan Spieth by four shots going into the final 18 holes of the Masters, an event he has threatened to win on more than one occasion.
The Englishman came??from two shots behind Phil Mickelson, who is one shot behind him on this occasion, to win his first major title at??Merion two years ago, and he hopes memories of that Sunday are fresh enough to help him win a first Green Jacket.
“I just remember being very patient, very focused.??Just believing it was a 72-hole tournament, playing one shot at a time, not??getting ahead of myself and also not being scared to lose,” Rose said.
“You have to put it on the line and you’ve got to make committed, aggressive??swings under pressure. That’s what I’m going to do tomorrow.
“My caddie and I were commenting that he (Spieth) ??was already at 18-under-par??which was Tiger’s record score. Jordan was so far ahead that you were just??playing your own game.
“I was doing the right things. I hit a good tee shot on 13. I hit a good tee??shot on 15. So I was doing all I could to make a score. But then the things like??the bunker shot going in are a bonus, and obviously the 18th hole making birdie??there.
“It was nice to stay patient and get rewarded with a hot finish. It’s amazing??and it put me in with a great opportunity tomorrow now. It’s a great lesson, as??well, to stay patient, because you never know when you’re going to get your??run.”
Rose also feels Augusta brings out the best in him, and he added: “I think I just find it (Augusta) an inspiring place, really. Probably makes??me no different to the other 96 guys who played this week. I have good memories??around here.
“We always talk about the course fitting your eye and I guess it does for me.??I’ve had good rounds. I’ve never put four together, so looking forward to that.
“I’ve got a good game plan around here. I’ve learned where you can miss it,??where you can’t miss it; which pins to be aggressive to, which you can’t. I??think that being here 10 times now, I’m sort of beginning to put it all??together.”