JUSTIN ROSE will head into the British Open this week on the back of consecutive victories after taking out the 2014 Scottish Open.
Rose produced a flawless final round 6-under 65 at Royal Aberdeen to win by two strokes and keep the momentum going after winning the Quicken Loans National on the US PGA Tour a fortnight ago.
The 2013 US Open winner and now (probable) world No.3 admitted he was in uncharted territory after claiming back-to-back wins for the first time in his career, but believes he has plenty left in the tank to go for a hat-trick at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.
Rose is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Phil Mickelson, who won the Scottish and British Open titles last year.
“I thought I would try and do a Phil this year and put it on my schedule. So far so good,” the 33 year old said Sunday after what was his 7th European Tour victory.
“I’ve won two in a row now so I’ve put the pressure on myself. There’s no-one to blame but me. It’s uncharted territory for me, I’ve never won two in a row before, never mind three.
“It’s unbelievable to be back in the winners’ circle so quickly but right now I am feeling great. I don’t feel the two wins have taken a lot out of me. I feel that I’ve taken it in my stride.
“The Open is going to come around quickly so tonight is going to be calm and relaxed. I will enjoy the moment but my mind will definitely be back in the game as of tomorrow (Monday).
Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg (66) finished second on 14-under to claim one of the three Open qualifying spots available. The others went to England’s Tyrrell Hatton joint fourth and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson joint eighth.
As for defending British Open Champion Mickelson, he will also be feeling buoyed after shooting a final round 65 to moved up six places to joint 11th.
Open threat Rory McIlroy (67) also had a good tournament, opening the first round with a course record 64 (since bettered) and finishing on 7-under tied for 14th.
Australia’s best was Wade Ormsby who closed with a 67 to finish on 1-over tied for 51st.
Matt Jones had a shocker final round 80 and will be hoping for a dramatic turnaround when he tees up in his first British Open this week. Brett Rumford is another Royal Liverpool bound golfer hoping for a form reversal, though he was far from the only Open contender in the field in Scotland to miss the cut.Scottish Open Results