Justin Rose is in confident mood ahead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and is pleased to see his form trending in the right direction in the build-up to his first appearance on English soil since winning the US Open last June.
Speaking in London's Hyde Park after a 'closest to the pin challenge' organised to promote the European Tour's flagship event in Surrey later this week, the 33-year-old admitted that this year's tournament will be extra special after returning as the nation's first major winner for 17 years.
"I think Wentworth has been a hit or miss tournament for me. I've finished second twice in the last five or six years so I've had a couple of good chances to win," he told GiveMeSport. "[And] my game's been smooth coming in.
"I've had three top tens in a row and I'm hopeful I can keep that one going and get myself in contention because when you play in front of a British crowd - especially a local crowd for me - it's nice to be able to get them behind you as well."
Rose had been struggling with a niggling shoulder injury in recent months but since his return to action has gradually improved with each start, following up his top-15 placing at The Masters with some solid performances, most recently finishing fourth at the Players Championship in Florida last weekend.
"Generally [my form's] been pretty good, it's been consistent," he enthused. "I've had a lot of top fives, I haven't won which is probably something I'd like to do in the next couple of weeks before I get back to the tournament.
"I'd like to win, but at the same time it's not really going to drive my performance at the US Open [next month], but I'd say I've been solid."
After finishing tied second at Wentworth in 2012, Rose will be hoping to go one better in 2014, taking inspiration from the stellar cast of golfers and the atmosphere generated at the home tournament.
"You get up for it and the first tee is always a really nice occasion and this year's going to be very special for me because in years past I've always seen the big trophy sitting on the first tee.
"Now its my turn to have one of my trophies sitting there so that will be a really nice occasion when I tee off Thursday and see the US Open trophy sitting there."
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