Rose targets Hall of Fame

Only eight Englishmen have reached golf's Hall of Fame - Rose wants to be the next. 

Charlie Lemay's picture
Tue, 7 Nov 2017


After back-to-back wins, 37-year-old Justin Rose has a new lofty goal - getting into the Hall of Fame.

Only eight Englishmen have achieved the feat - John Henry Taylor, John Ball, Harold Hilton, Sir Henry Cotton, Jim Barnes, Tony Jacklin, Peter Alliss and Sir Nick Faldo - and Rose wants to be the next when he becomes eligible at 50.

Rose has one major to his name - the 2013 US Open - 11 wins on the European Tour and eight on the PGA Tour, and also won gold at the Rio Olympics.

"I've always said I'd like to be a Hall of Fame player, and I guess who makes that determination, I don't know, but that's kind of what I'm working towards,” he said fresh from winning the Turkish Airlines Open.  

"So is that two major championships and 20 wins? I don't know what it is. Olympic Gold will probably be kind of a nice bargaining chip when it comes to that.

"But I've also heard Phil Mickelson say that the time to think about all that stuff is when you're done and you can really look back and enjoy all your victories. There's plenty more to achieve.

"Someone said to me, 'If you could do it all over again, if you could wipe the slate clean right now and do it all over again, would you?' It's a good question.

"I'm not sure I would. It's been 20 years of hard graft, hard work and I've achieved a lot. I've achieved a major championship. I've won Olympic Gold. I've won a lot of other tournaments. I've had some great moments. To kind of try to do all of that again from a fresh, clean slate, that would be a daunting task.

"I'm kind of happy with where things are at and there's a lot more I believe I can achieve.

"I think I'm coming into a nice part of my career where there's a lot of experience under my belt and there's a lot of learning that's being done. I feel fresh, I feel healthy and I feel motivated, more importantly."

Consecutive wins have take Rose to second in the Race to Dubai behind compatriot Tommy Fleetwood.

 

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