Rose eyes putting return

Justin Rose (30/1 – Open Championship Outright) is hopeful that his new putting style can help him finally break his major duck at this week’s Open Championship.

The popular Englishman is seen as one of the most consistent tee-to-green players in the game but has never quite been able to repeat his form on the putting surfaces.

This came to the fore at the US Open in June where despite looking strong throughout the week, he fell off the pace in the final round due to a succession off missed putts, eventually finishing in a tie for 21st.

His repeated putting problems had even caused him to worry about missing out on a place in Europe’s Ryder Cup side for September but he has tweaked his technique with specialist coach Daniel Orr (Europe – Evens to win Ryder Cup).

He now feels that after his recent work he has made a major breakthrough with his new style and is hopeful it will help him to succeed at Royal Lytham.

“I know it sounds odd, but I was encouraged because my misses took on a completely new profile,” he said.

“It was my pace that was off this time, that’s all, and that is something that is an easy fix. I’m not saying everything is perfect yet, but I do feel like I’ve taken a real step forward.”

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