Justin Rose entering crucial period


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World number nine Justin Rose says the next two weeks will be absolutely pivotal in ensuring he is in the best possible shape to challenge for the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills.

Rose has yet to pick up a victory in 2017 but his form has been good, narrowly missing out on the Masters in a play-off against Spaniard Sergio Garcia whilst he was also second at the Sony Open in Hawaii earlier in the year.

The Englishman has recorded another four top-15 finishes – those coming at the Farmers Insurance Open, Genesis Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Shell Houston Open – and he is being tipped to make a serious challenge for US Open glory.

His only major win came at the 2013 edition of the tournament at Merion when the 36-year-old finished two strokes ahead of American Phil Mickelson and Australian Jason Day.

Rose, who won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games, only has one more scheduled event before the US Open, that being the Jack Nicklaus-hosted Memorial in Columbus, Ohio.

The nine-time European Tour winner is hoping to fine-tune his game at the PGA event and put himself in the best position to make a charge for major glory in Wisconsin.

“I have the Memorial next week where I went so close to victory a few years back and then a week off before the US Open,” Rose said.

“I am looking forward to Erin Hills as it will be another new venue for us and from what I hear it will be a great venue.

“I see this next block of golf as really building things back up towards the US Open and then it’s non-stop really from now right through the FedExCup and on.”

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