Rose looks ahead to The Open Championship

Updated: 23/05/2022

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Justin Rose says he is in “uncharted territory” going into The Open Championship.

Justin Rose is hopeful that he will “peak” at the right time after deciding to take a four-week break ahead of this week’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush (Justin Rose 20/1 – The Open Championship Outright).

The 38-year-old has been speaking out about the new-look golf calendar in 2019 after the US PGA Championship was moved from August to May, which left it sandwiched between April’s Masters at Augusta and the US Open in June.

And Rose is disappointed that all four majors have been “condensed” into successive months from April to July, which prompted him to take a break from the sport after finishing tied for third at the US Open at Pebble Beach.

The Englishman, who is 10/1 to be the top European, is keeping his fingers crossed that when he resumes playing in Northern Ireland this week his game is back at its peak.

“I think we’re all trying to adapt to this new schedule, this new rhythm of the majors, and they seem to be coming thick and fast at the moment,” Rose said.

“It’s about trying to peak, valley, and peak again. In such a short period of time in which you’re able to do that. There’s always that drop off after a major, from an intensity point of view, anyway.

“This is uncharted territory for me to take time off between majors, for sure. It coincides with coming back to the UK. There’s pressure with catching up with family, and wanting to catch up with family, those weeks are precious.”

Rose finished tied for second behind Francesco Molinari at Carnoustie 12 months ago and the 2013 US Open champion is hoping to “go one better” at Royal Portrush (Justin Rose 9/2 – Top 5 Finish).

He added: “That’s the goal, isn’t it, to go one better this year and get your hands on the [Claret] Jug.

“Game is ticking along in the right direction. I’m chipping away at it. I feel like sometimes if you come in absolutely pure a week or two ahead of time, it can be tricky to keep it going for so long. I feel like I can really build into this week.”

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