Open Championship: Justin Rose aiming to write more history at Muirfield
Last Updated: 11/07/13 11:36am
Justin Rose: Looking to win back-to-back majors
After his big breakthrough in the US Open at Merion, Justin Rose is seeking to become the first English winner of The Open in 21 years.
Nick Faldo was the last man to lift the Claret Jug when he triumphed at Muirfield in 1992 and Rose is hoping he can emulate his compatriot at the same Scottish venue next week.
"It'll be exciting to play as a major champion for the first time in another major so if I'm coming down the last two or three holes with a chance to win that's when I can draw upon what happened at Merion," said Rose.
The US Open champion is practising at Muirfield, before it hosts The Open next week.
"Up until that point, it's irrelevant but certainly if I get myself into a winning position then Merion will definitely help."
Rose is amongst the straightest drivers on the PGA Tour but is considering adding a two-iron to his bag to hit the fairways at Muirfield where the rough is long and thick.
"I like the sound of that. I think it's a good, tough challenge that would suit my game. I've been hitting the ball really well of late so, again, from Merion's perspective that was what required - keeping the ball in front of you, keeping out of trouble and hopefully the Open Championship will play similarly."
Muirfield will be Rose's first competitive round for three weeks but he says he'll be well rested, not rusty.
For Tiger Woods, it'll be four weeks since he last teed if up after he aggravated an elbow injury playing out of thick rough at the US Open.
Rose believes that winning a major with Woods in the field makes it even more special.
"It does validate victory," said Rose, who would relish a back-nine duel in a major with the world number one.
"If he's going to end up being the greatest player in the history of the game, to have beaten him down the stretch in tournaments is a tale for the grandchildren as well."
Rose won the Silver Medal for finishing as the leading amateur in The Open 15 years ago when he came fourth at Royal Birkdale. It remains his highest finish in the event.