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Justin Rose is setting his sights on becoming the first British winner of The Open in 21 years, after winning US Open at Merion last month.
Rose will be looking to roll back the years at The Open and find the form he showed in 1998 when he finished fourth to claim the Silver Medal as the leading amateur.
That finish is Rose’ best performance at the major but is looking to improve on that off the back of his victory at the US Open. Nick Faldo was the last Brit to lift the Claret Jug when he won at Muirfield in
1992 and Rose is hoping to have the same success at the Scottish venue next week.
The Open will see Rose compete for the first time in three weeks but he says he will be well rested and ready to go. Tiger Woods will also be back in action next week for the first time in a month after picking up an elbow injury and Rose admits it would be good to beat Woods and win another major.
He said: “If he’s going to end up being the greatest player in the history of the game, to have beaten him down the stretch in tournaments is a tale for the grandchildren as well.
“It’ll be exciting to play as a major champion for the first time in another major so if I’m coming down the last two or three holes with a chance to win that’s when I can draw upon what happened at Merion.
“Up until that point, it’s irrelevant but certainly if I get myself into a winning position then Merion will definitely help.”