Q. I heard you earlier in there alluding to the last couple of years, making you tougher.
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, somebody was asking me about the bad period I went through after I turned pro. And I said I wouldn't really change the way my career was going, because I feel that bad period has made me tougher, and it's in match play situations, and in situations coming down the stretch, where you require strength. I feel that's where that period has helped me. That's how I look at it, bring a positive out of it.
Q. Was last year a breakthrough year? Do you feel like this year --
JUSTIN ROSE: The last two years have been breakthrough years. The year before I began to contend to win tournaments and began to be a consistently good player on the European Tour, if you like. The following year was a breakthrough year in that I learned how to win. And now that I believe I can win. And this year, hopefully will be a breakthrough year in terms of I'm playing much more in the world stage, the Majors and the World Championships, and my schedule is pretty exciting this year. It's going to be a slightly different learning curve.
Q. Is that more over here, that schedule?
JUSTIN ROSE: I think when you get in the top 50 in the world, you automatically play more in the states, in the Majors and the Championships. All the World Championships are in the States this year. A couple of warm-up tournaments before The Masters gives me nine already, without really trying to play over here. That's fun for me. I think while you're young and while you enjoy traveling, it's cool to play that schedule.
Q. When you were playing Duval, did you think former Open champion, or did you think someone who's not had the best couple of years?
JUSTIN ROSE: Difficult question, really. If you look at current results, he's not playing fantastically well, but with match play that doesn't really mean anything. You could see that basically the last two -- basically the last few holes spelled it out to me. I looked like winning a match 3 and 2 probably at one stage. And then all of a sudden I was -- I virtually lost. So I think when you draw a name like that, you know that the class golf is just around the corner, and you can't let up.
Q. Which was the fairway that you missed?
JUSTIN ROSE: It was the 5th -- no, the 4th -- still don't know the course. After the par-5, the 4th.
Q. Now the defending champion?
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah. Don't know much about him, to be honest, other than he won this last year, and he's obviously a great match play player. Very gutsy coming back from Sergio, so another lesson to be learned there: Never take your finger off the pulse. But, yeah, just much the same as today, try to play well, try to make the right swings, and take it from there.
Q. Did you pass him in the hallway there and introduce yourself?
JUSTIN ROSE: He introduced himself to me straight away. Seems like a nice, friendly guy. That's always nice to play. We'll try our hardest out there, and are very competitive. But it's cool to play with somebody who will acknowledge you and be friendly out there.
Q. Are you very comfortable in the American environment?
JUSTIN ROSE: Yes, I'll tell you, after seven weeks. But right now I feel very comfortable over here. I really enjoyed the two tournaments last year, I felt I played well both times. I felt like the courses suited me. But after seven weeks I'll have a pretty good idea.
Q. Like fast food and things like that?
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, all young lads like fast food.
Q. Are you staying straight through The Masters?
JUSTIN ROSE: Yes, going to play this week, and a week off, and Honda, Bay Hill, TPC, week off, Masters, exciting.
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