Justin Rose :: 'This would be a dream'

2014 07 Justin Rose

It doesn’t take long for someone to transform from possible contender to favourite to win - just ask Justin Rose.

Wins in his last two events have seen the Englishman move up to third in the world rankings and he is labelled as bookies' favourite to win the Open Championship, and he says there's no reason why he can't meet those expectations.

Rose said: “Had I not won in Aberdeen, I think this week would be a realistic opportunity, and I don’t feel it any less realistic because I won last week.

“I think the odds go more in my favour just through confidence and the experience of having done that the last couple of weeks.

“Winning a major championship is never easy, no matter what the circumstances are, so for me, the goal is to trust my game, to get a good game plan going, to not get ahead of myself, to get on the first tee Thursday fresh and ready to play.

“If I commit to all the things I know I have to do, all my skills, let them all come out this week, then I’m going to give myself an opportunity.”

Amateur player Justin Rose holes his third shot on the 18th hole

For Justin Rose, winning the Open is something he has dreamed of since a very young age, and it was in this very competition that he first announced his arrival on the world stage by winning the silver medal back in 1998.

“This is the one that I holed the putt as a junior to win on the putting green through years of practice. I’ve won the Open Championship thousands of times in my mind. This is probably the one I’ve dreamed about most.

“I think when you’re chasing major championships, any of them will do. But if you’re lucky enough to win this one, I think it would be incredibly special.”

Justin Rose - Can he do it?

He's the man to beat, in many respects, but do you think Justin Rose can etch his name onto the Claret Jug this week? Leave your thoughts in our 'Comments' section below.

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