In an ironic twist of fate they will be paired last in the final round at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday. Only one can win, neither can lose. Scott leads the tournament at 18-under 198 after a 7-under-par third round of 65. But his lead is a tenuous one as it is only one shot better than Rose and Scotland's Dean Robertson.
Rose posted a 6-under-par 66, but while it has placed him at the top of the leaderboard, it could have been so much better. He creamed the course with an outward nine of 30, but could only return in even par.
Still, he had never finished higher than 11th as a professional so it's a situation he would have taken before the week started.
'I tell you, the pressure of winning is a lot better than the pressure of playing to make the cut,' Rose said after his round.
He should know, he missed 21 cuts in a row in his brief career as a pro and that could have crushed the spirit of many lesser men.
But through it all he has maintained that he's working at his game and that it is starting to reach the level where he wants it to be. Even if victory is not his on Sunday, the experience of scrapping for a title will be invaluable.
Scott has had a slightly easier ride up to now. He has at least finished in the top ten on four occasions on the European Tour, is coached by Tiger's mentor, Butch Harmon, and didn't have the pressure of a fourth place finish at The Open to bear when he turned pro.
'Frankly, when I've been close to the lead I've never done well,' Scott said. 'I just want to go out in the final round and play the same as I did today. I just need to finish one stroke ahead.'
While the two youngbloods are sure to make for thrilling viewing, they will be casting a wary eye over their shoulder for the lurking figure of six-time major winner Nick Faldo, who has made a timely return to form. They might think untimely.
The winner of three Opens and three Masters titles is three shots back at 15-under-par after a 4-under 68. Faldo has said he is relishing the challenge of putting the new kids under pressure.
Amiable Scotsman Robertson, is also a shot back of the lead after dealing with first-place pressure for 36 holes, rounding out the four players who appear will contest the 79,000 pounds first prize.
The money may be useful, but for two 20-year-olds, victory will mean far more than that.
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