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Justin Rose on road to recovery
He’s still a way off 100% but Justin Rose feels time is on his side as he nears a return to the lush greens of a golf course.
Rose suffered from tendinitis in his right shoulder and opted to take several weeks off at the beginning of the year. His eventual return didn’t last long as he pulled out of the Honda Classic at the tail end of February due to a recurrence of that same injury.
His next comeback came at the WGC-Cadillac Championship last week in which he felt a lot better and showed no signs of prolonged injury. He now hopes a full-on return is right around the corner.
"I'm doing pretty well, not 100 per cent but I would say I'm at least 95 percent there physically for golf," he said. "Golf swing-wise, I feel like my motor pattern is where I need it to be.
"I'm feeling strong again. My ball speed and club head speed is back to where it should be, so from that perspective I'm ready to play."
Roses’ injury flared when he threw a golf ball to his caddie back in August, and the 33-year-old feels a valuable lesson has been learned.
"I probably played too long with what was like a niggling injury," he said. "A good learning lesson. I'm probably not as young as I used to be - a lot of miles on my vehicle.
"When you play too much through something like that, it's amazing how it can escalate. Yeah I probably did overdo it, but those are the lessons you learn."
In a few weeks The Masters at Augusta National will arrive and Rose is in confident mood after his performance at Blue Monster in Florida.
"I came out of Doral with a lot of confidence," he said. "Not finishing 34th, but I had a run where I went from nine-over par to even par. I wasn't able to hold onto that, but I really felt like I got some good work done."