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Rose comeback fuels new hope


Before Sunday, 37-year-old Justin Rose has never been able to better his 4th place finish as a 17-year-old at the Open Championship.

But now that he has done it by finishing in joint second place in the 147th Open at Carnoustie, he is feeling a whole lot better about golf's oldest major and now believes that he has what it takes to add The Open to the US Open title he won in 2013.

And this especially so because of the way he was able to come storming back into contention after needing to make a 14-foot birdie putt in Friday's second round to avoid missing the cut.

Sparked by that crunch putt, Rose went out at the weekend to pull off one of the greatest comebacks in major championship history by shooting rounds of 64 and 69 and reeling in all but the eventual winner Francisco Molinari.

"It just proved to me that I can play well in this tournament, that I can win the Open," he told reporters after tying for second with Rory McIlroy and two of the three Americans who lead after the third round, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner.

"When I'm in the hunt I enjoy it. I play my best golf. I don't back away."

The World No 3 said he was especially grateful for the support he had received from the Scottish galleries.

"It was great to get the crowd behind me," he said. "I haven't felt the energy of the crowd for a while in the Open.

"That was a real positive for me and it has helped renew my love of the Open."

While the bulk of the early leaders were stumbling with bogies, Rose suddenly blazed into the picture with an outside chance of winning the Open when he eagled the par-five 14th.

He made his chances look even better when an outstanding approach shot at the 18th left him just six-feet from the pin for a birdie that took him to 6-under and at that stage gave him a good chance of making a playoff.

Molinari didn't allow that to happen, of course, but Rose nevertheless came away from the 18th with a new feeling for it.

"After birdieing that hole all four days, it has to be right up there for me now," said Rose.

"Today it wasn't really playing like the bear of a hole that it can be. Yesterday I hit driver and 5 iron, which is more the Carnoustie 18th hole that we know. But I feel like I birdied it all ways, which makes it special."

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