The 2013 US Open Champion Justin Rose is looking to get his major championship winning form back as he tees it up this week at the Scottish Open as he prepares for The Open Championship next week.
Like many golfers this week, Rose is taking a queue from Phil Mickelson, playing both the Scottish Open and The Open Championship in consecutive weeks.
“I looked to what Phil Mickelson did last year,” Rose told Sky Sports. “He wouldn’t have been the classic Open pick but the confidence he would have gained from winning the Scottish Open and then carrying it to Muirfield really caught my eye.
“I took inspiration from Phil’s schedule from winning there and going on to win the Open.”
Rose has had some success in major championships the last three years, capped off by his win at the US Open in 2013. Though the 33-year old has missed the cut the last two years at The Open Championship (missing 3 of the last 4 cuts). In fact, Rose has only three top-10′s in his last 14 major championship appearances.
When welcomed back and asked about his thoughts on Royal Aberdeen, Rose gave his thoughts and comments on his recent form in The Open Championship.
“Yeah, I played the Jacques Léglise Trophy here in ’96 or ’97. That was the last time I played here and if I’m not mistaken, I played Sergio García in the singles match, which was cool”, said Rose. I believe we got an honorable halve out of the match.”
“But yeah, obviously a great golf course, heard lots about it through the years, and it has a great reputation and also I guess my Open form has not been fantastic the last number of years so thought playing anyway in, as did Phil last year, I took note of how he did his preparation running in and thought we could give it a go.”
With the win Mickelson put together last season with the approach of playing both the Scottish Open and The Open Championship in back-to-back weeks, his peers certainly took notice.
Is this the year Rose can find his major form again in a championship that has not seen his best in recent years?