Justin Rose

We are for­tu­nate to play for huge prize money, but win­ning tour­na­ments is what cre­ates your legacy.

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It’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to be a pro­fes­sional golfer these days be­cause we play for so much money over so many tour­na­ment weeks. We’re spoilt for choice and are very for­tu­nate that we can tee it up pretty much any week we want to and play for huge sums of money. It’s in­cred­i­ble to do some­thing you love as a job and I’m thank­ful I’ve been able to turn my pas­sion into a ca­reer.

In any job, you want op­por­tu­nity, and the PGA and Euro­pean Tours are do­ing the right things to create the op­por­tu­ni­ties for their mem­bers.

It’s phe­nom­e­nal from that point of view. But there’s def­i­nitely an A-List of tour­na­ments and a B-List of tour­na­ments. The sepa­ra­tion of the events comes through the strength of the fields they at­tract.

The top play­ers want to play against each other and vie for the big­gest ti­tles – it gives the wins in those events much more mean­ing.

At the same time, you don’t want to limit op­por­tu­nity for the whole mem­ber­ship of the Tour, so you need to keep pro­vid­ing a va­ri­ety of tour­na­ments so ev­ery­one can play enough events. It’s self-per­pet­u­at­ing – the top tour­na­ments at­tract top play­ers, so there are more world rank­ing points and big­ger spon­sors of­fer­ing big­ger prize funds.

Can I see the tours merg­ing and there be­ing a shake up?

Yes, I could see that within 10 years. I don’t think it’s im­mi­nent but I can see a change at some point. I play against the other top play­ers in prob­a­bly 75 per cent of my tour­na­ments around the world.

But the Euro­pean Tour has also done a great job of giv­ing its mem­ber­ship the op­tion of not hav­ing to go to Amer­ica to play for sim­i­lar money.

Any player in the top 50 of the world rank­ings can play the ma­jors, WGCs and the Rolex Series events and build a Euro­pean Tour sched­ule of 15-plus tour­na­ments where you’re play­ing for a lot of money.

You need to be con­sis­tent if you want to get into that top 50 in the world, es­pe­cially if you want to force your way into the top 10 – and stay there.

Con­sis­tency is very im­por­tant be­cause it tells you the over­all level of your game, but it only means so much if you haven’t won a tour­na­ment.

We’re all out here to win. Our lega­cies are de­fined by the tour­na­ments we win and, of course, the world rank­ing points and money jump up if you fin­ish the week with a tro­phy.

There’s no for­mula that can just make you win. A win is such an in­ter­est­ing thing be­cause each one is dif­fer­ent.

You’ve got to pro­duce your own best golf and beat a field of up to 155 other guys, so there are so many fac­tors at play.

Some­times you can pro­duce your own best golf and some­one else will have a blind­ing week and they win, so you need to al­ways be care­ful not to judge things ‘yes and no’.

You have to look at the big pic­ture – as long as you’re oc­ca­sion­ally see­ing the re­wards and pick­ing up the vic­to­ries.

If you’re fin­ish­ing 10th ev­ery week, you’ve got to ques­tion some­thing.

For me, it’s about putting your­self in po­si­tion and stick­ing around the top of the leader­board to give your­self the chance to win the tour­na­ment on a Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Win­ning is about ex­e­cu­tion. There are moments when you have to hit a shot and you have to be able to know the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion and ex­e­cute it.

I’ve ex­e­cuted well on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, but there have also been times when I haven’t – that’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning and los­ing.

The more times you get in con­tention, the more com­fort­able you get with the knowl­edge the shots re­ally mat­ter and as a re­sult deal­ing with it be­comes a habit.

I’ve been de­lighted by how many times I got my­self into con­tention in the last few months of 2017, and win­ning tour­na­ments in China and Turkey was a real boost.

Hope­fully I can con­tinue that form into 2018 and add some more wins, es­pe­cially an­other ma­jor.

Justin Rose is a US Open cham­pion and Olympic gold medal­list who has played on the PGA and Euro­pean Tours for 18 years.

‘Con­sis­tency tells you your over­all level , but it only means so much if you haven’t won a tour­na­ment’

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