Rose peaking again before major


AKRON, Ohio – After a slow start to the season, Justin Rose is playing some great golf at just the right time.

Rose won in back-to-back starts across two different continents last month, and the Englishman again finds his name near the top of the standings after rounds of 65 and 67 to begin the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“Obviously, I’m feeling good about peaking at this time of year,” said Rose, who carded four birdies against one bogey in the second round. “My momentum started about a month ago, seem to be carrying it on nicely.”

Rose had only one top-10 finish in his first six PGA Tour starts to begin 2014, but since then has reeled off four in his last seven events, including a playoff victory at the Quicken Loans National. He followed that triumph with a clinical display at Royal Aberdeen, winning the Scottish Open the week prior to the Open Championship.

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Once again in contention the week before a major, Rose is happy with his fast start at Firestone after finding 16 of 18 greens in regulation Friday.

“To get it going quick out of the gates again is nice,” he said. “On this golf course ... you are going to miss shots. You’re going to have to scramble at times, but then there’s times you have to rely on your long games.

“I’ve kind of done both the first two rounds, so it gives me confidence that something will pull through on the weekend.”

Now eyeing his third victory in six weeks, Rose has no plans to deviate from the aggressive approach as he starts the weekend three strokes behind Sergio Garcia.

“I think you have to stay aggressive right now and look at the birdies rather than try to play mistake-free golf,” he said. “That’s my mentality, I think, at the moment.”