Justin Rose dreams of Open victory

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England's Justin Rose is confident of landing his second major triumph when the 143rd Open Championships begins at Royal Liverpool on Thursday.

The 33-year old enters the tournament in great form after winning his past two tournament as he hopes to become the first Englishman since Nick Faldo in 1992 to lift the infamous Claret Jug.


Rose is one of the favourites for the tournament but faces tough competition from the likes of Tiger Woods, who has recovered from back surgery that caused him to miss the first two majors of the year. Woods won here in 2006 and will be hoping to claim his 15th major and his first since 2008.

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Other players that will challenge Rose for third major of the year include Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and world number one Adam Scott who will both also be looking for their first Open title.

But Rose, who is ranked third in the world, has admitted he has dreamt about winning the Open and suggested it is the tournament he wants to win the most.


"Thousands of times I've won the Open in my mind," said Rose. "This is probably the one I've dreamed about the most."

Rose is currently ranked third in the world and will be hoping to emulate defending champion Phil Mickelson who won the Scottish Open and Open Championship in consecutive weeks.

Tony Jacklin was the last Englishman to win the Open in England back in 1969 and Rose will be hoping to add another major to his 2013 US Open win. He will begin his quest for victory at 14:27 BST alongside Australian Scott and American Jason Dufner.

Woods repeat?

Eight years ago, Tiger Woods was emotional after claiming victory at Holylake after the recent death of his father Earl.

Since that major win Woods has won three more but the former world number one has been troubled with scandals, divorce and injury which appeared to have ruined his chances of beating Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles.

After four knee operations, Woods was hampered with a constant back injury before eventually undergoing surgery in March. He has slipped down to seven in the world rankings but believes that he has arrived at Holylake hoping to end his major drought.

McIlroy's thoughts

McIlroy feels that having Woods back playing again is good for the sport and thinks the tournament is better for it.

"Tiger Woods has been the face of our game for 15-20 years so to have him back is important," said McIlroy.

"It's great to see him healthy, and he always adds a lot of buzz and excitement to the tournament."

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