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Under-the-radar Rose aims to bloom at Augusta

By Larry Fine AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Justin Rose has been a forgotten man since his major title breakthrough last year at Merion, which suits the Englishman just fine heading into Thursday's opening round of the Masters. Rose has been out of the spotlight as he recovers from a bout of tendinitis in his right shoulder, enduring sub-par results after aggravating his condition last August. But the world number eight said on Tuesday he is confident about the season's first major.

Golf: England's Rose delays his 2014 debut

Reigning US Open champion Justin Rose will have to wait a few more weeks before making his 2014 USPGA Tour debut. The Englishman, who is still recovering from tendinitis in his shoulder, will skip both next week's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and the Farmers Insurance Open in two weeks, the Golf Channel reported. The 33-year-old also missed last week's Tournament of Champions. His last tournament was the Nedbank Golf Challenge in December, when he tied for seventh.

Sharp-shooting Rose charges into contention

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) - Chock full of confidence less than two months after capturing a maiden major title, Justin Rose used a spectacular inward nine to surge into contention at the PGA Championship on Friday. Rose, who became the first Englishman in 43 years to win the U.S. Open in June, shot an inward nine of 29 at a rain-soaked Oak Hill country Club to complete a six-under 66 that left him two strokes back of clubhouse leader Jason Dufner (63).

Golf: Rose seeking US/British Open double

Justin Rose said Wednesday he needs to stop thinking about his breakthrough win at the US Open last month if he is to add British Open glory this week at Muirfield. The 32-year-old became the first English winner of the US Open in 43 years at Merion Golf Club outside of Philadelphia in June, bagging his first major title after 15 years as a pro. He was also the first Englishman to win a major since Nick Faldo at the 1996 Masters.

No place like home as Rose grabs lead at Bay Hill

By Steve Keating ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - With seven wins, Tiger Woods may own the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Bay Hill may be "Arnie's Place" but this is Justin Rose's home and the Briton showed as much by grabbing the first round lead on Thursday. Rose, who makes his U.S. residence in Orlando and lives a few minutes away from Bay Hill, looked as comfortable as if he was entertaining guests in his own living room, outshining his illustrious playing partners Woods and South African Ernie Els.
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