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Open Championship: Justin Rose shrugs off an early mix-up

Last Updated: 17/07/14 10:14pm

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Justin Rose: Looking to build

Justin Rose: Looking to build

Justin Rose shrugged off an early mix-up in his bid for a third win in succession, and second major title, at Royal Liverpool.

Rose started his opening round on Thursday without a driver and only received it on the third hole.

But he shrugged off the mix-up to shoot a level-par 72 and he is now looking to push on and ‘go make a score’.

"You have to see the funny side of it."
Justin Rose on mix-up with his driver

Speaking of the mix-up, the 2013 US Open champion, who claimed back-to-back wins for the first time in his career in the Scottish Open on Sunday, said: "You have to see the funny side of it.

"I had three drivers in my bag after yesterday. There were a couple of drivers made up for a couple of my caddie's friends. Two were taken out and given to these two gentlemen and one was left in my golf bag. It just was the wrong one.

"This morning when I picked up my bag there was a driver in the wrong spot. I picked it up and realised that's not my shaft. That club should have been given to someone else and mine was actually given to that person and driven down to Bedford.

"Fortunately it didn't affect the game plan. Obviously when we made the call, the guy was coming straight back with it and I knew I would have it by the time I really, really needed it out there, toward the seventh and the back nine. The way the course was playing I knew I wasn't going to require the driver for a good couple of hours into my round."

Speaking about his round, Rose added: "Even par always feels like a waste of five hours, really. I felt like there was a lot of good stuff today and really felt comfortable with my game early on, but ran out of a little bit of steam on the back nine.

"The back nine was playing a little tricky and I had trouble with club selection off the tee. I tried to force the 2-iron a couple of times when I should have hit 3-wood or driver.

“I'll learn from that for tomorrow and go make a score. It's a platform for which I can build for the rest of the week."

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