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Justin Rose gears up for US PGA challenge
JUSTIN Rose will get his quest to add the US PGA title to his US Open crown under way at Oak Hill, in New York State, tomorrow.
The Hook golfer will form one third of the marquee pairing over the first two days, playing his opening rounds alongside Masters champion Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson, who won the Open Championship last month.
The three major champions of 2013 will get their opening round started from the first tee at 1.35pm (6.35pm BST) tomorrow, with their second round beginning on the 10th hole at 8.35am (1.35pm BST) on Friday.
Rose has a mixed record at the US PGA. He has played the event 10 times, finishing in the top-10 twice, including last year, when he finished in a tie for third place. However, the 33-year-old has missed the cut on five occasions, including the last time the event was played at Oak Hill back in 2003.
Rose warmed up for the fourth and final major of the year by finishing in a tie for 17th at the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational, last weekend.
The former Robert May’s School pupil was never really in contention at Firestone, in Ohio, as Tiger Woods ran away with the title, winning by seven shots.
Rose, the world number four, was 14 shots behind Woods on -1 but played to a consistent level over the course of the tournament.
He was three-under-par after his first 12 holes but bogeys at 14 and 18 meant the north Hampshire golfer had to settle for an opening round of 69 (-1).
Rose did not fare so well on day two, shooting a two-over-par round of 72, but two further rounds of 69 (-1) over the weekend saw him end the tournament tied for 17th with Welshman Jamie Donaldson.
“Not that you want to use a WGC as a warm up but I feel that was exactly what I needed this week,” Rose said on Twitter. “Four rounds around a tough track to sharpen!”
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