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Justin Rose has major ambition
NORTH Hampshire golfer Justin Rose will continue his quest to win one of golf’s majors at the US PGA Championship this weekend.
The 32-year-old, who grew up in Hook, will get his assault on the final major of 2012 under way at Kiawah Island, in South Carolina, later today.
Rose, pictured, goes into the tournament off the back of an impressive showing at the Bridgestone Invitational, one of four annual World Golf Championship events.
The former Robert May’s School pupil finished in a tie for fifth at Firestone CC, in Ohio, level with Rory McIlroy on -8 and five shots behind winner Keegan Bradley.
Rose got off to a poor start, finding himself three-over-par after just six holes but he recovered to shoot a level par opening round of 70, leaving him seven shots off the lead.
He knocked in four birdies on day two, including one at the final hole to get him under par for the day. Rose was 10 shots off the pace going into the weekend but made his move on day three, a four-under-par round of 66 that included just one bogey seeing him move up to sixth place.
Another good round followed on the last day, Rose completing the course in 67 (-3) to move up a further place on the leaderboard, earning himself $276,500 in prize money.
It really has been an excellent year for the Hook man, who is ranked number 10 in the world, sits at the top of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings and is almost certain to be named in the European team for the Ryder Cup.
However, Rose does not have a great record at the USPGA. He has played the tournament 11 times, missing the cut five times, while a tie for ninth in 2008 is his best ever finish, Rose will play the first two rounds alongside Scot Paul Lawrie, the 1999 Open champion, and American Nick Watney. The trio will get their first round under way from the first tee at 2pm (7pm BST) today, while their second round will begin on the 10th at 8.50am (1.50pm BST) tomorrow.