Justin Rose in form ahead of PGA Championship

Justin Rose will compete for the PAG Championship this weekend

Justin Rose will compete for the PAG Championship this weekend

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

JUSTIN Rose warmed up for the final major tournament of the year by claiming a share of fourth place at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational.

The north Hampshire golfer is at Valhalla, in Kentucky, for the PGA Championship.

He will get his challenge under way from the 10th hole at 9.05am (2.05pm BST) today, playing alongside American Matt Kuchar and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen. The trio begin their second round from the first hole at 2.15pm (7.15pm BST) tomorrow.

It will be the second time that Rose has played at Valhalla, having made his Ryder Cup debut at the Louisville course six years ago.

The Americans claimed overall victory, but the former Robert May’s School pupil played well, winning three points out of four matches.

At the Bridgestone Invitational, Rose went into the last round six shots behind the leader and held his position during the final day, carding a one-under-par round of 69.

He had been challenging at the top of the leaderboard in the early stages of the tournament, held at Firestone CC, in Ohio. An opening round of 65 (-5) had him one shot off the lead, while he was second, three strokes behind the leader after a second round of 67 (-3).

A level-par third round of 70 saw the 34-year-old slip to fourth, and he did well enough in the final round to hold on to that position, finishing the tournament on -9, six shots behind eventual winner Rory McIlroy.

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