Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Scottish Open: Justin Rose full of praise for demanding course

Justin Rose
Justin Rose

Justin Rose was full of praise for the demanding Royal Aberdeen course after a second round 68 kept him in the hunt at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

The 2013 US Open champion is well placed going into the weekend on an overall score of five-under par.

The Englishman elected to add the Scottish Open to his schedule after Phil Mickelson’s success by winning at Castle Stuart and then the Open championship at Muirfield last summer.

And he is delighted with how his links game is shaping up ahead of this weekend’s title push and next week’s major at Hoylake.

He said: “If you were choose to play only one course for the rest of your days it would have to be a links course based on what we have seen in the past two days.

“We were using completely different clubs today and it was a lot of fun.

“I really enjoy playing golf here – it is a golfing country. You only have to look up and down the coastline. There are some wonderful courses and the Scottish Open is a big tournament.

“A lot of people use it as a warm up for the Open championship but it is a great event in its own right. We are on a great golf course this year at Royal Aberdeen and I am enjoying every minute.”

While Rory McIlroy had managed to tame the Balgownie links by breaking the course record in a stunning first round of 64, Rose reckoned it was a much tougher proposition yesterday.

Rose, who was playing with Stephen Gallacher and Lee Westwood, said: “It was a beautiful day and an opposite wind to yesterday, which made life interesting. I haven’t played this course in that wind so I was paying attention at every shot and trying to re-learn the course.

“I was trying to follow Stephen and Lee a little bit because I know they have played the course in this wind.

“There were some tough holes on the back nine. The 15th was driveable on Thursday but played really tough today and the 14th was an absolute brute.

“I managed to keep my score thanks to a good short game and some good putting.

“Being able to hang on to your card coming in is not easy.”

Rose tasted victory at the Quicken Loans National a fortnight ago and the 33-year-old looks capable of making a surge for the trophy this weekend.

He added: “I have been feeling good for a while but once you get across the finishing line and get a win it gives you that extra bit of confidence.

“There are a lot of big tournaments to be played in the next couple of months. Winning when I did gave me a good boost of confidence and I want to keep it rolling.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]