Rose ready for Open challenge

The Englishman, who won the US Open in 2013, finished joint 27th at Chambers Bay last week but insists he will not “over analyse” the showing, preferring to put it down to the difficult greens and poor putting.

Speaking from a charity event in Sardinia, the world No 4 said his focus now is on Scotland where he will play the Scottish Open at Gullane before heading up the east coast to St Andrews.

???To win the Open Championship is the event that I???ve always dreamed of,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.

???I???ve holed the putt on the practice green to win it probably a thousand times by now. It???s always special when the Open rolls around to St Andrews – every five years we go to there and there is always something about it.

“To walk up the 18th at St Andrews with the chance to win the Open – or with a big lead would be even nicer – I can???t think about a better arena in sport for me.???

Rose is also putting a plan in place to fend off Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth, whose recent performances have prompted some pundits to suggest he could complete the Grand Slam.

???History would suggest he can???t but he???s a very confident guy,??? Rose said. ???The reason I like him at St Andrews is that he???s probably the best putter from 20 to 30ft that there is in the game.

???And at St Andrews, with the greens being so big, a good iron is typically 15, 20, 25 feet from the pin and that???s his wheelhouse, making those kind of putts.

???That???s why he will be dangerous there but obviously a few of us have to put our own plan in place to try and stop that.???

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