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The Open: Justin Rose has no compaints after early exit at 'brutal' Muirfield

Last Updated: 19/07/13 10:27pm

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Justin Rose alerts the galleries after a wayward tee shot in his second round

Justin Rose alerts the galleries after a wayward tee shot in his second round

Justin Rose conceded that he failed to pass a "brutal test" at Muirfield after failing to make the cut at the Open Championship.

The 32-year-old became the first Englishman to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970 at Merion last month, but he took two weeks off after playing the following week.

Rose admitted his preparation for the Open had been "unusual" after rounds of 75 and 75 left him two shots outside the halfway cut mark on 10 over par.

"I had high hopes but I didn't really have the expectations," said Rose, who managed only two birdies in 36 holes. "Preparation has been unusual this week coming in here after two weeks off.

"The decision was made hoping I'd be playing well and I'd be mentally recharged for the weekend but this golf course proved too much for me this week.

"I am three weeks removed from winning a major and it was just a bad week. There are so many variables on that golf course I am not going to give myself a hard time about it."
Justin Rose

"I wasn't quite prepared to play the US Open again. It played more like Shinnecock Hills in 2004 than the Open Championship. I didn't have my game and you needed to be right on top of things playing this type of golf course.

"I felt three weeks was enough time to get ready and to be honest my game didn't feel great coming in here but I felt if I hung around I could get better each day.

Tough

"But with the conditions being really tough it didn't help that happen. This was brutally tough. I just wasn't quite up to the task.

"Majors are incredibly difficult to win and guys spend their whole careers trying to win one let alone more than one.

"A lot of things need to line up and you have to play your best stuff any time you play in the majors to have a chance.

"But I am three weeks removed from winning a major and it was just a bad week. There are so many variables on that golf course I am not going to give myself a hard time about it.

"Maybe I wasn't 100% prepared for it but I'm not looking too deeply into it. I spent two weeks with my kids and had a life and enjoyed it. I have no regrets."

Rose's Ryder Cup team-mate Luke Donald will also be on an early flight back to the United States after he also finished on 10 over following a second-round 72.

The former world No 1, who failed to break 80 on day one, gave himself a chance to squeeze in for the weekend with birdies at two of the first three holes, but he could not add another and struggled to an inward 38.

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