Justin Rose shares a moment with his caddie, Mark Fulcher

Justin Rose posted 14-under-par for four rounds at the Masters Tournament. A score that normally would be sufficient to win, except for Jordan Spieth’s record-tying 18-under-par. Rose was forced to settle for runner-up.

He knew, however, his game was in a good place and accepted his fate. After a week off, he headed to New Orleans to compete in the Zurich Classic.

Every golfer understands the importance of a strong mental attitude. Eighteen holes in a round of golf can be a series of ups and downs that will test even the most mentally focused golfer.

Earlier in the week at the Zurich Classic, Rose and his caddie attended the Golden State Warriors versus New Orleans Pelicans NBA playoff game. They both came away impressed with the mental toughness of Warrior’s 3-point specialist, Stephen Curry. Even though Curry could not connect early in the game, he kept firing up bombs until finally, he found his shooting touch and drained shot after shot.

Rose learned a lesson from that NBA game that he used during his rounds at TPC Louisiana. When short putts failed to find the bottom of the cup, or when he felt he was playing below his capability, he maintained focus.

His caddie, Mark Fulcher, reminded him on more than one occasion to play fearlessly, like Stephen Curry. Subsequently, he holed a long putt or chipped it tight to the hole to right the ship and get his game back on track.

Justin Rose holding the 2015 Zurich Classic trophy.

The great players Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods had that intense ability to concentrate on each shot to produce the best possible outcome every time they teed it up.

Justin Rose posted four rounds of 69-66-65-66 to finish at 22-under-par and win the Zurich Classic by one shot. Maybe more importantly, he learned a valuable lesson.

As a former U.S. Open winner, no one questions Rose’s ability to concentrate during one of the most grueling weeks on the PGA Tour, but grinding on every shot in a lesser tournament like the Zurich Classic is normally not a priority for the top professionals.

Rose is a gifted golfer with one of the best all-around games on tour. Channeling his inner Stephen Curry and gaining mental toughness may just be the recipe for future major championship wins.



Every PGA Tour tournament must donate a portion of its proceeds to fund charitable activities in their local area. The Memorial Tournament held each year in Columbus, Ohio take this mandate very seriously.

Jack & Barbara Nicklaus with 2015 Youth Spirit Award Winner Juan Crestanello.

To kick off the 2015 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide the Legends Luncheon was held in the Ohio Union on the Ohio State University campus. Tournament host, Jack Nicklaus and 2015 Memorial Honoree, Nick Faldo headlined the luncheon, which raised $1 million for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

This was the fifth year for the annual event and it has contributed $2.9 million to benefit the outstanding work that occurs each day to treat children with cancer or other life threatening illness. In 2014, Nationwide Children’s Hospital cared for over 1.1 million children from all 50 states and 41 countries.

Each year Jack and Barbara Nicklaus honor a young person that has undergone treatment at the hospital, but has demonstrated a positive attitude and has helped other patients, with the Youth Spirit Award.

The 2015 recipient was Juan Crestanello, who was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma two years ago and underwent five cycles of chemotherapy, but it didn’t work. He was forced to endure additional rounds of chemo and a bone marrow transplant.

Jack Nicklaus & Steve Rasmussen from Nationwide present check to Children's Hospital.

Through it all he continued his school work, maintained a high GPA, interacted with the staff and other patients at Children’s Hospital and has finally been declared cancer free.

For Jack and Barbara Nicklaus this is not just another photo opportunity and media grab. They interact with the award winners, as well as, their families. They show their true concern for each award winner and revel in their success stories.

Mr. Nicklaus admitted to Back 9 Report in a conversation that his wife, Barbara was the one that got him involved with their charitable programs, but the pride, in what has been done, as well as, what is still yet to be accomplished is very evident in his actions and comments.

With the help of the Memorial Tournament, the PGA Tour, Nationwide and the Nicklaus’ these types of medical feats are accomplished every day at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.



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Through the ages many of golf’s greats have earned the right to don the Green Jacket. Sarazen, Nelson, Hogan, Snead, Palmer, Nicklaus, Ballesteros, Faldo, Watson, and Woods. A 21-year-old from Texas, Jordan Spieth broke all the records and has become yet another, in the long line of great champions. Perhaps more impressive are the greats […]

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Important Masters Facts and Information

April 1, 2015

With the first PGA Tour major tournament of the season, the Masters, teeing off on Thursday, April 9, here are some facts and information that may come in handy when watching the coverage. Augusta National, the home of the Masters Tournament, was designed by famed golf architect Dr. Alister McKenzie in conjunction with Grand Slam […]

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The Squeeze is a Unique Blend of Golf, High-Stakes Gambling & Intrigue

March 22, 2015

“Caddy Shack,” “Tin Cup” and “Happy Gilmore” are three of the highest grossing golf movies of all time. With over 20 million Americans that enjoy the occasional round of golf, there is a sizable market that hungers to see golf scenarios acted out on the big screen. Terry Jastrow and his wife, actress Anne Archer, […]

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Lydia Ko Wins Again & Donates Cash to Tournament Volunteer Party

March 4, 2015

Lydia Ko won her 10th professional title on Sunday at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open. It was her second consecutive win after winning the Women’s Australian Open on the LPGA Tour the prior week at historic and difficult Royal Melbourne. This was her second career win at the New Zealand Women’s Open. She […]

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Lydia Ko Wins Again in ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

February 25, 2015

Lydia Ko, just 17 years old, won her ninth professional tournament and sixth career LPGA Tour title at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open last week at Royal Melbourne. Ko posted nine-under-par on the iconic course and finished two strokes ahead of Amy Yang. Another strong young player, Ariya Jutanugarn from Thailand finished in third […]

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Darren Clarke & Davis Love to Captain 2016 Ryder Cup Teams at Hazeltine

February 18, 2015

The 2016 Ryder Cup captains have been chosen. The European Tour officially announced on Wednesday that Darren Clarke has been chosen to lead the European Team at Hazeltine Golf Club. Although the official U.S. announcement has yet to be made, the Golf Channel leaked the story earlier this week that Davis Love III has been […]

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Women Are Making Huge Strides & Gaining Equality In Golf

February 16, 2015

Women have long been a minor faction in the hierarchy of the golf world, but three recent events have changed that perspective and have given women access to the boardroom. In September, 2014 The R&A, responsible for overseeing the rules of golf for the world outside of the United States, elected to end their 260-year-old […]

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Tiger Woods To Step Away From Golf For Now

February 12, 2015

Tiger Woods announced via his website, TigerWoods.com, that his back is feeling better, but he needs to work on his game and would return to tournament golf soon. How soon is the question. Woods made his 2015 debut two weeks ago at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He posted 73-82 in the first two rounds […]

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