Before last year, you could have said that winning the Scottish Open, played the week before the British, was a sure fire jinxs when it came to the season’s third major. Then Phil Mickelson and won both the Scottish and Open Championship to break the curse and collect his first ever Claret Jug.
Justin Rose will now look to follow in Phil’s footsteps after his win this past weekend at Royal Aberdeen and with the way the Englishman is playing right now, there is no reason to believe that he won’t be an odds on favorite to repeat Mickelson’s feat from last year.
Rose won his first major title at last year’s U.S. Open at Merion. After that win it took him 13 months to get back in the winner’s circle when he won Tiger’s tournament at Congressional just two weeks ago. It took Rose significantly less time between wins this time around as he went out and won the very next tournament he teed it up in, winning the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The win gave Rose two in as many tournaments and he enters the season’s third major in complete control of his game.
“It’s uncharted territory for me — I’ve never won two in a row before,” said Rose, who has banked almost $2 million in prize money from his two victories.
Rose went out on Sunday and shot a bogey-free 65 to earn a two shot victory over Kristoffer Broberg of Sweeden. The Sunday 65 completed a week where he shot all four rounds of sub 70. Dating back to Congressional, Rose has shot 71 or better in 7 of his past 8 rounds.
The man who Rose is trying to emulate, Mickelson matched Rose’s 65 on Sunday which was good enough for a 4 day total of 8-under par and a tie for 11th.
Meanwhile the season of disappointing Friday’s continued this week for Rory Mcllroy. After a course record setting 64 on Thursday, Mcllroy shot a 78 on Friday. Weekend rounds of 68 and 67 brought Mcllroy back to the pack and allowed for Mcllroy to continue another 2014 tradition: a top 25 finish. Spanning both tours, Mcllroy has only finished outside of the top 25 once in his 16 events played, a missed cut at the Irish Open.
Brian Harman picked a good week to get his first title on the PGA Tour. The Georgia native held off a 64 by Zach Johnson to win the John Deere Classic by one shot. Not only was it his first ever PGA Tour win, which gets him invites into the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Masters, but it also got him a ticket on the chartered flight to Liverpool for the Open Championship this week.
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