It was a small yet significant indicator of Justin Rose’s new status. The US Open champion was a royal box guest for Andy Murray’s triumph at hasn’t escaped me,” Rose says. “But I wouldn’t mind following in Andy’s footsteps if he keeps doing what he is doing. That would be pretty good.
“It was fantastic to be at Wimbledon. That was one of the nicest perks of being US Open champion, being invited to Wimbledon in the Royal Box for the final.
“It was a special moment. It just struck me that at the highest level of any sport the margins are so small... there’s always one moment that all sports people have to take and he took his chance. That’s what I had to do at Merion.”
In Rose’s case, intrigue now surrounds whether he can develop into a multiple major winner. In reality, it would be a shock if he were to prevail at Muirfield this week but, at 32, he has time on his side way beyond the 142nd Open. “Not until recently did I realise what effect the start to my pro career [he missed the cut in his first 21 consecutive events] did have from a deep-rooted confidence point of view,” Rose says. “You hope you are good enough, you think you are good enough, but not until you win one do you know you are good enough to win a major.”
Woods drawn with McDowell
reuters adds: World No 1 Tiger Woods has been drawn to play alongside Graeme McDowell and South African Louis Oosthuizen in the first two rounds. Woods, who will be making his first competitive appearance since last month’s US Open, played nine holes in practice on Sunday.
The 14-time Major winner, who had been suffering with minor discomfort ahead of the US Open, said he still needed medication and treatment on his injured left elbow. “I started chipping and putting a little over a week ago and I’m full go for the British Open,” he said on his website on Saturday. “I’m very confident my elbow strain won’t be a problem and I will be able to hit all the shots I need to hit. The big thing will be to avoid the rough. Although I have been playing every day I also have to get back into a competitive feel.”