As if his second victory in a month wasn’t enough to lift Justin Rose’s spirits, Sunday’s triumph at AT&T National also solidified his spot at next week’s British Open at St. Andrews.
Rose called St. Andrews his “Bogey Open” after failing to qualify in 2000 and 2005, when he was the first alternate. He’s had plenty of success on the Old Course having won the St. Andrews Links Trophy on the ancient links as an amateur and finishing second at the Dunhill Links Championship in 2007.
“It's a place I love. How can you not love St. Andrews? You've just got to stand on the first tee there and you feel like you're part of something special,” Rose said.
Rose was scheduled to play the J.P. McManus Pro-Am on Monday and Tuesday in Ireland and then had practice rounds scheduled at the Old Course on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
“I've got tee times. I might be playing with Bill, Jack and Ted; who knows,” he smiled.