Rose inspired by Mickelson glory

7644390Justin Rose admits he was inspired by Phil Mickelson’s success in Scotland last year and hopes to emulate the US star at Hoylake next week (Rose 20/1 Open outright).

Mickelson went into the 2013 Scottish Open with little form to speak of but won the title for the first time, before going on to claim his maiden Open crown at Muirfield.

It was an amazing double strike north of the border for the veteran left-hander, who is back in Scotland this week to defend his title at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club (Mickelson 22/1 Scottish Open outright).

Rose (12/1) will also tee it up at Balgownie on Thursday as he looks to adjust his game to the subtleties of links golf ahead of the year’s third major on Merseyside.

The 33-year-old has not enjoyed the best of fortunes at the Open since finishing in a tie for fourth as an amateur on his debut back in 1998, but has now elevated his game to a new level after claiming the 2013 US Open title.

And the South African-born ace admits that the way ‘Lefty’ pulled off his double success 12 months ago has given him hope that he could lift the Claret Jug himself in the not too distant future.

“I looked to what Phil Mickelson did last year,” told Sky Sports News. “He wouldn’t have been the classic Open pick but the confidence he would have gained from winning the Scottish Open and then carrying it to Muirfield really caught my eye.

“I took inspiration from Phil’s schedule from winning there and going on to win the Open.”

A number of top stars appear to be on the same wavelength as Rose as the likes of Rory McIlroy (12/1), Luke Donald (25/1), Lee Westwood (28/1) and US star Jimmy Walker (40/1) have all opted to make the trip for the traditional Open warm-up event.

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