• Nearly-man Rose hails Spieth, Day

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    HONG KONG: Justin Rose paid tribute to new world number one Jordan Spieth and US PGA Champion Jason Day on Wednesday, saying golf was witnessing the start of “a new era”.

    The Englishman revealed he still couldn’t quite believe that he did not add another major in 2015 to his 2013 US Open triumph, but vowed to “win some more” in the future.

    Rose shot a combined 34 under par in this year’s four majors — the fourth best aggregate to par in history – and still saw himself pipped to the line by the record-breaking antics of twenty-somethings Spieth and Day, who swept three of the year’s biggest prizes.

    Five of the last six majors have been won by either Spieth, who is 22, Rory McIlroy (26) or Day (27) leaving Rose feeling like the old man trying to crash a kids’ party. But he vowed there was life in his 35-year-old body yet.

    “I’ve played the best golf of my life since I turned 30,” the world number five said in a telephone interview from his home in the Bahamas, as he confirmed his participation in the European Tour’s Hong Kong Open in October.

    “For me I’m still hoping that my best golf is ahead of me but at the same time you look at the future and everybody’s getting younger. It’s the start of a new era of golf,” he said.

    “It’s incredibly strong right now. My major scores combined have been the lowest ever total shot to not win one.

    “Sometimes it’s just a case of knocking on the door and I’m going to create many more chances to win major championships. I’m going to win some, I’m going to lose some, but the door is going to open again.”

    AFP

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