Rose: New majors schedule is 'too condensed'

Justin Rose addresses the media at Royal Portrush

Justin Rose addresses the media at Royal Portrush

The 2013 US Open champion is not a fan of the change, which he thinks gives little time to rest and recover for the next big event.

The 148th Open Championship at Portrush will mark the end of the 2019 major season a month earlier than the golf world has become accustomed to for the last few decades, and former World No.1 Justin Rose criticsed the new major schedule, calling it "too condensed".

"It's too condensed. As a professional, in terms of peaking for something, the process that's involved in trying to do that can be detailed and it can be longer than a month". Yet as a year-end study of field strength could reveal, the majors have led top players to play less between majors.

"I think it's pretty much driven by FedExCup, wanting to finish on a certain date, everything else having to fit in where it can", Rose added.

"For me major championships should be the things that are protected the most". That's how our careers are ultimately going to be measured'.

"Forty years ago there wasn't a FedExCup so if you're trying to compare one career to another career - Jack versus Tiger - it's the Majors that are the benchmarks".

"I think we're all trying to adapt to this new schedule, this new rhythm of the majors, and they seem to be coming thick and fast at the moment", Rose said.

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Last year Rose nearly pulled off one of the most wonderful Open triumphs when he only made the cut by sinking a 15-foot putt on the final hole of his second round but was in the thick of a thrilling final day battle before finishing joint runner-up behind Francesco Molinari.

'That would be halfway towards a grand slam.

"I've had three second-place finishes in majors since then". I'm not experienced enough to really make that judgment but I think the environment helps, no doubt. When you're a quarter of the way there, looking at it, it's quite an uphill climb. "I'm still obviously grateful to have that major under my belt", he added. I've definitely given myself some looks. I feel like sometimes if you come in absolutely pure a week or two ahead of time, it can be tricky to keep it going for so long.

Even if he does lift the Claret Jug on the Antrim coast this week, however, Rose says it might not cut it with his son Leo, who has gone cricket-mad after watching England win the World Cup.

"He's in the garden until the sun goes down".

Asked if the ambition was to play well enough at this week's Open to get Leo to pick up a golf club instead of a cricket bat, Rose added: 'That would be nice, although it's proved quite hard to be honest'. That kind of thing.

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