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Odds at Ladbrokes: 33/1
Odds at VegasInsider.com: 30/1
Justin Rose first exploded onto the international golf scene as an amateur with his run for the title at the 1998 British Open. With the exception of a tie for fifth at the 2003 U.S. Open, Rose failed to make much of an impact at the majors until the 2007 Masters, when he began to become a regular presence on the leaderboards.
Rose has racked up four PGA Tour tournament wins over his career, his first in June 2010, and his most recent in March of this year at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Rose looked strong at the Masters, finishing in a tie for eighth, and finished with a respectable score of +7 at the U.S. Open, good for a tie for 21st.
Of the four majors, Rose has struggled the most at the British Open since his first appearance at the tournament. He has missed three cuts, sat out the tournament four times and only finished in the top 20 twice since his first appearance.
Still, Royal Lytham offers Rose his best chance at breaking this slump.
Rose has outstanding accuracy at hitting the greens and is one of the best on the Tour of getting out of the sand, both key skills for the course. He's also been playing great golf lately. With the exception of his 51st-place finish at the Players Championship, he's placed in the top 30 in each of the past nine tournaments, and has been in the top 10 six times this year. He's currently ranked ninth in the world and has never played better, more consistent golf than he has over the past year.
Justin Rose is still looking to live up to the promise he showed at the 1998 British Open, and this could very well be the year that he does so.