“Definitely the craziest stat of the year is that Rose has shot 14-under in two majors – and lost by a combined total of 10 shots,” Webb Simpson, the 2012 US Open champion, said.
For his part, Rose believed that it would be enough, before watching two young men pull off into the distance. “Somebody said I was the senior member battling it out with the youngsters, but you don’t look at it like that when you are in contention,” the 35-year-old said.
“Going into the USPGA, I thought 14-under par would be great. Actually it’s ironic that’s what I finished on, but I thought that would be a winning score. Even in the final round I was surprised. It’s quite tough to keep track of the totals on the leaderboard.”
The game is changing – rapidly. Rory McIlroy thought “10 to 15 under would be the number” but then deduced “you have to think of a total and go lower nowadays”.
There were three doubles on Rose’s scorecards, but if any area let him down it was once again on the greens. The Englishman switched to an old putter and although his performance was improved from his sixth place at St Andrews, Rose needs to find an answer. For now however, it is a time for the world No 5 to lay low in his Bahamas home.
“I played good golf in the majors this year and I’m a lot under par,” he said. “It just hasn’t been my week in any of them. But I’m not disappointed, it won’t change my life. Winning changes your life.
“It is important now in this week off to freshen up. There is a lot of golf to be played still. No majors but a lot of reward there at the end of the year. So focus up, rest up.”
Rose does not have long to recharge and reset his targets. He will next appear at the first event in the FedEx Cup play-offs – the Barclays Championship in New Jersey in a week’s time. The top 125 on the PGA Tour’s point list qualify for the event at Plainfield Country Club and, at the moment, Tiger Woods is not amongst them.
The 14-time major champion, who missed his third major cut in succession at Whistling Straits, confirmed his participation at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina this week. Woods will need to finish in the top two to make the first round of the play‑offs.