ORLANDO, Fla. – Justin Rose has played plenty with Tiger Woods over the years.
Saturday’s round was just … louder.
The Englishman had a feeling that the third round might be a little different when he was waiting to be introduced on the first hole at Bay Hill.
“Hurry up, Justin!” a fan hollered. “We want to see Tiger!”
That spectator was roundly booed, and Rose proceeded to stripe his fairway wood down the center. In fact, even with the decidedly pro-Tiger crowds, Rose barely missed a shot in shooting a 67 that put him just three shots back of Henrik Stenson.
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“It focused your mind,” he said afterward. “I was definitely more nervous today – it took me a hole or two to settle into my round 100 percent, just because there’s more energy out there on the course.
“But for me, Ryder Cups and major championships, those are the types of atmospheres you’ve got to play well in and I enjoy it, so it focuses your mind.”
Rose beat Woods by two shots Saturday, 67-69, in their first Tour round together in five years.
“People are more into this comeback this time around, I think,” Rose said. “It’s fun to play out there, for sure.”