Jul
15
2014
Justin Rose goes for third win in a row
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

 

Nobody in the field at The Open has more confidence than Justin Rose. He won his last two events, the PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National and the European Tour’s Scottish Open, and he is in full control of his game.

At the pre-tournament presser, Rose said, “I think the odds go more in my favor just through confidence and the experience of having done that the last couple of weeks. Winning a major championship is never easy, no matter what circumstances are. So for me, the goal is to trust my game, to get a good game plan going, to not get ahead of myself, [and] to get on the first tee Thursday fresh and ready to play. If I commit to all the things I know I have to do, all my skills, let them all come out this week, then I’m going to give myself an opportunity.”

In addition to the recent hot streak, Rose spoke about how winning the U.S. Open last year helps him at Hoylake, “If I had come off a couple of wins and not won a major championship, I would be thinking, is this my opportunity to get it done? Obviously, I’d like to win number two this week and that’s the goal. But it takes that little bit of pressure off of me, the fact that it’s been done. I have one under my belt. That monkey is off of my back. I don’t have to face those questions. I can just go ahead, and I understand how I did win that major championship.”

The 33-year-old has also done a lot of visualization about The Open Championship. “This is the one that I holed the putt as a junior to win on the putting green through years of practice. Thousands of times I’ve won The Open Championship in my mind. This is probably the one I’ve dreamed about the most. So of course it would just be — I think when you’re chasing major championships, any of them will do, but if you’re lucky enough to win this one, I think it would be incredibly special.”

Rose is back in his home country, and everything is pointing towards a memorable week for the Englishman.

–Bernie D’Amato