Monday 18 February 2019

Rose hoping for a double Open boost

Justin Rose
Justin Rose

Justin Rose admits he cannot imagine a better scenario than winning a second major title to become world number one for the first time in his career.

Those are the prizes on offer for 2013 champion Rose in the 118th US Open at Shinnecock Hills, a product of ending last season with three wins amid 10 consecutive top-10 finishes worldwide and claiming a ninth PGA Tour title in Texas last month.

A runners-up finish in the following week's Memorial Tournament could have seen Rose move to the top of the rankings, but there is no doubt that a victory here on Sunday would make the 37-year-old the fourth Englishman to become number one - after Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald - since the rankings began in 1986.

"I'm in the great position where becoming world number one going to be a by-product of winning this week," Rose said. "So I may as well just continue to focus on the winning. That's where the points are. That's where the fun is, to be honest with you.

"I couldn't think of a better scenario than to win a major and to become world number one. I could have finished second at Memorial and become number one so it's nicer to keep focus on the winning. It keeps things cleaner mentally. It keeps things simple.

"I don't know where any scenarios are this week. All I'm focusing on is winning major championships. That has been my dream as a kid.

"Being world number one is a really cool thing to say at some point in your career."

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