Two-shot Abu Dhabi leader Justin Rose not getting carried away
Abu Dhabi leader Justin Rose says he is putting no pressure on himself to try and start his 2013 campaign with a win.
Last Updated: 21/01/13 8:06am
Rose, a star of the Ryder Cup last year, leads the field by two shots after a third round 68 doubled his halfway advantage but the Englishman says he's not getting carried away by thoughts of victory.
He said: "It's a great opportunity, first tournament of the year, to go out there and play with a lead. Those are the situations I'll hopefully put myself in a lot this year.
"But I'm putting no pressure on myself to make it a win although obviously that's the desired result.
"I'm more concerned with how I can go out there and keep doing what I'm doing and swinging freely and keep feeling good with the putter.
"To go wire-to-wire would obviously be a pretty nice boost to the confidence but I don't want to pin all my hopes on it at this stage of the season.
"I came here with a 'let's see what happens' attitude and I think it's important that I don't get too ahead of myself right now."
Assessing his third round 68, which included a burst of five birdies in six holes on the front nine, Rose said: "Things went well the whole day to be honest with you. I felt really in control. Every time I had the club in my hand I felt like I was going to hit a good shot which is a nice feeling to have out on the golf course.
"I was sort of surprised to make three bogeys on a day when I felt so good about my game but I guess I had two three-putts. But, for the most part, I felt very much in control."