Englishman Justin Rose confident of major glory

Englishman Justin Rose Golf US PGA Championship

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Englishman Justin Rose is confident that his current form is good enough to help him win a second major title at next week’s US PGA Championship.

Rose, 2.40 to win to the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, now shares the lead with American Jim Furyk after a superb third-round display at the Firestone Country Club.

He had originally gone 30 holes without a birdie, with Rose finishing the second round with 17 pars and one bogey in a round of 71.

However, he turned up the heat on Furyk with seven birdies in a perfect round on Saturday. The final major of the season is now on the horizon and Rose insists his current form could be good enough for him to lift the trophy.

Rose told Sky Sports: “I would say yes. If I look at the Masters, that was a huge shot in the arm in terms of confidence as I had not played any good golf before then.

“Jordan (Spieth) was incredibly hard to beat that week, but take him out and I felt I put in a major-winning performance.

“Going into the final round at St Andrews I was nine under par – the same mark as Marc Leishman and Zach Johnson, who made the play-off, so I just needed that hot Sunday. At least I am knocking on that door a little bit again, which is nice.”

Furyk and Rose have a two-shot lead over Shane Lowry who is on seven-under par, while Australia’s Steven Bowditch, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson all sit on five-under.

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