Justin Rose believes his form at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will stand in him good stead at the US PGA Championship next week.
Rose shot seven birdies (including three on the last four holes) and zero bogies to card a seven-under 63 in Saturday’s third round at the Firestone Country Club in Ohio. The Englishman will head into Sunday’s final round on nine-under and tied for first place with Jim Furyk.
When asked if his form could result in a second major title after his victory at the 2013 US Open, Rose said that he was “knocking on the door”.
"I would say yes. If I look at the Masters, that was huge shot in the arm in terms of confidence as I had not played any good golf before then,” he told Sky Sports.
"Jordan (Spieth) was incredibly hard to beat that week, but take him out and I felt I put in a major-winning performance.
"Going into the final round at St Andrews I was nine under par – the same mark as Marc Leishman and Zach Johnson, who made the play-off, so I just needed that hot Sunday. At least I am knocking on that door a little bit again, which is nice."
The 35-year-old’s performance was not as brilliant over the first two days in Akron. Rose shot a 67 in the first round, a 71 in round two and teed off on Saturday without having sunk a birdie on any of the last 30 holes.
He says the key to his turnaround is that he managed to stay confident and avoid frustration during that birdie-less period.