Written on July 17th, 2013 by Richard Smith Golf Comments
Justin Rose tipped for Open glory
By Richard Smith: Justin Rose’s majestic display at Merion a month ago saw England rule supreme on American shores as the 32-year-old lifted the US Open championship and in the process, break the English major hoodoo as he became the first Englishman since Nick Faldo in 1996 to win one of the four elite events on the golf calendar.
Now the PGA bandwagon rolls into Muirfield in Scotland as the Open Championship tees off on Thursday morning and Rose will be hoping that he can etch his name alongside some of the greats of the game to win back-to-back major events and duly emulate the aforementioned Faldo, who was the last Englishman to lift the Claret Jug in 1992.
Rose has been regarded as one of the best English players on the Tour since he turned professional in 1998 and he showed with his sensational Ryder Cup performance that he does posses a big tournament mentality and he confirmed that with aplomb by holding his nerve in the closing stages to land the US Open Championship and unsurprising to see that Rose is the flag bearer for England heading to Muirfield and is the favourite to finish as the top English player in the 156 strong field.
As a youthful amateur, Rose managed to finish fourth in this event, but has since struggled and failed to build on that 1998 display, so it could be worth looking elsewhere for potential English players who could feature prominently as we venture into the weekend at the East Lothian course.
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Written on June 17th, 2013 by Jonno James Golf Comments
- Tony Jacklin: Justin Rose Can Win More Majors
By Jonno James: After seeing Justin Rose win his first major championship last night to become first British player to win a US Open for thirteen years, previous winner Tony Jacklin believes Justin Rose can go on to claim multiple majors.
Justin Rose emulated Tony Jacklin’s success from 1970 yesterday at Merion to become the first English winner since Nick Faldo in 1996, Rose has jumped up the rankings to world number eight after his US Open win.
Jacklin, a former two major championships himself won The Open in 1969 and the US Open the following year believes the courage shown from Justin Rose on the final day pushed him over the line and he has tipped Rose to win future majors.
“It’s all about confidence and I’ve no reason to believe he couldn’t win four or five majors,” said Jacklin.
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Written on June 13th, 2013 by Richard Smith Golf Comments
Rory Mcillroy won the 2011 US Open
By Richard Smith: The US Open gets underway at Merion Golf Club on Thursday and once again, it promises to be a thrilling few days of golf action. The weather in Pennsylvania has been causing havoc for the practice rounds so far this week, which is sure to have an effect on the course come the weekend.
The soft conditions should ensure that we see plenty of birdies from the best players in the world with a strong army from Europe in particular hoping to take advantage of that. There have only been two European winners of the US Open since 1970 which is a worry stat but here’s the case for a third come Sunday evening.
Those two previous winners were of course Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell who are both from Northern Ireland and won the tournament in successive years in 2010 and 2011. It is fair to say that both are once again are well fancied to win the tournament for a second time and they could prove to be the leading contenders from Europe at Merion.
McIlroy is the current world number two and always a danger, while McDowell is bang in form having won the RBC Heritage a couple of weeks ago and making three other top ten finishes on the PGA Tour in 2013 ensuring that the 22/1 on offer about both of them winning could well prove to be tempting. Read more »
Written on February 25th, 2013 by Staff Golf Comments
PGA Players To Watch In 2013
By Adam Robinson: If Rory McIlroy’s outstanding start and end to the 2012 PGA season ensured he finished the year as the best golfer in the world; it was the Ryder Cup that perhaps produced the greatest drama.
With the US leading by 10-4 at one point on the second day, Europe were all but beaten; until Ian Poulter birdied the last five holes to give himself and Rory McIlroy an unlikely 1-up win over Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson.
With a four-point deficit going into the final day, the Europeans sealed a remarkable comeback with Martin Kaymer’s five-foot putt on the 18th to defeat Steve Stricker and take the score to 14–13, allowing Europe to retain the cup with one match still in progress.
The 2013 season promises to be equally enthralling, with many questioning whether Rory McIlroy has the mental strength to cope with the pressure now that he is the number one golfer in the world.
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