Rose dreaming of golf's Grand Slam

7/15/2013 12:00:24 PM
Justin Rose  (Getty Images)
Justin Rose (Getty Images)

Justin Rose believes he is capable of winning a career Grand Slam as he looks to get halfway to that goal in this week's Open Championship at Muirfield.

Only Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and Gary Player have won all four Major titles, and although Rose admits he has a long way to go to join them, the 32 year old feels his game can adapt to any challenge.

Rose, who can also join Bobby Jones, Sarazen, Hogan, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and Woods as the only men to have won the US Open and Open Championship in the same year, said: "The Open Championship does stand out to me.

"I have a very special relationship with it which dates back to when I was 14 and led the regional qualifying event at my local club, and we know what happened in 1998 (when he finished fourth as a 17 year old amateur).

"The Open is the one I have dreamed about winning the most for sure. As I play the next 10 years the Open is going to be at the forefront of my goals for a long, long time.

"If I'm allowed to dream, a career grand slam puts you into a whole different echelon. That makes you one of the greats of all time if that can be achieved. I feel my game suits all four majors. I don't think there is a weakness where that can't happen."

Rose finished 13th in the Travelers Championship on the US PGA Tour immediately after his US Open win at Merion, but withdrew from the AT&T National the following week due to fatigue.

He feels refreshed after three weeks off and is "itching" to return to competition, although he enjoyed the chance to watch Andy Murray win Wimbledon from the Royal Box on Centre Court, having also had lunch at the All England Club with Wayne Rooney and Prime Minister David Cameron.

"Apparently David Cameron had tweeted me after my win but I didn't see it, so the first thing I did when he sat down was apologise for not replying," Rose added. "He said my win gave him his first line to Barack Obama at the G8 summit.

"It was fantastic to be there and I would not mind following in Murray's footsteps by winning the US Open first and then a Major on home soil."