JUSTIN Rose will head into The Open on the back of consecutive victories after winning the Scottish Open.
The north Hampshire golfer carded a final round of 65 (-6) at Royal Aberdeen yesterday to claim a two-shot victory over his nearest challenger, Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg.
"It's unbelievable to sort of be back in the winner's circle so quickly," Rose said after the round. "I'm delighted to have won over here on The European Tour and delighted to have won a tournament of this sort of magnitude over here.
"It's my first win in Scotland as a pro and also the first time I've won two tournaments in a row, so there's a lot to be really pleased with."
Victory in Scotland followed two weeks after Rose had ended a year-long winning drought at the Quicken Loans National in America. The former Robert May's School pupil will be looking to make it three wins in a row at The Open this weekend, a tournament he is now favourite for.
Rose made a solid start at Royal Aberdeen, four birdies on the back nine leading to an opening round of 69 (-2), while he moved to within one shot of the leaders with a three-under-par score of 68 on day two.
His improvement continued on the third day, a five-under-par round of 66 leaving him tied for top spot with Marc Warren.
The Scot faltered on the final day, but Rose got off to a flying start, making five birdies on the front nine to give himself a bit of a cushion.
Another birdie at 12 had him three shots ahead, but the 33-year-old endured a few nervy moments on the back nine.
He found a bunker at 14 but managed to scramble a par, while he also missed the green at the next two holes, making an excellent up-and-down at 16 to ensure he maintained a two-shot lead.
A bogey-free round of 65 (-6) left him on -16 for the tournament, two shots clear of Broberg, with Warren a further three shots behind in third.
The victory moved Rose up to third in the world rankings, while he now sits seventh in the European Tour's Race to Dubai standings and is certain of a place in the European team for the Ryder Cup.