Justin Rose is the hottest golfer in the world heading to the Open

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Justin Rose shot a slick 65 to win the Scottish Open. (Getty Images)
Justin Rose shot a slick 65 to win the Scottish Open. (Getty Images)

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Move aside, Martin Kaymer, because Justin Rose is the best golfer on the planet right now.

Rose won back-to-back starts for the first time on Sunday by defeating Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden by two strokes with a monstrous final-round 65.

"It's uncharted territory for me," he said. "I've never won two in a row before."

It was Rose's fourth straight round in the 60s at the Scottish Open and helped him to his second straight win after taking the Quicken Loans National at Congressional last month.

"There's no better place to play golf, it's been a treat to play this golf course," he said.

Justin Rose shot a slick 65 to win the Scottish Open. (Getty Images)
Justin Rose shot a slick 65 to win the Scottish Open. (Getty Images)

Rose will reportedly move to No. 3 in the world behind Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson and well, he has more wins in the last three weeks than those two guys have combined this entire season.

Rose was actually No. 10 in the world as recently as April but a T4 at the Players Championship, T12 at the US Open, and these two wins propelled him back to his spot as one of the top five golfers in the game.

So you would think this makes him one of the favorites for the British Open, right?

Only if you belive he can buck a 15-year trend. That's right, Rose has never even finished in the top 10 at the British Open since turning pro back in 1998. It was that year he finished T4 at the Open but he was playing as an amateur.

Justin Rose had a monster win at the Scottish Open. (Getty Images)
Justin Rose had a monster win at the Scottish Open. (Getty Images)

But still, the new world No. 3 will be hard to ignore at Hoylake. He looked super confident all week and when he's striking the golf ball purely, there's nobody better.

"I haven't had much luck in the Open so I thought I'd try and do a Phil this year. So far so good, I'm one-for-two. I've never won two in a row so I may as well keep the run going."

He's referencing what Phil Mickelson did in 2013 which is win the Scottish Open and British Open in back-to-back weeks.

Justin Rose and a dolphin. For some reason. (Getty Images)
Justin Rose and a dolphin. For some reason. (Getty Images)

Even Rose's playing partner Marc Warren was impressed.

"Not a lot I could have done about that," said Warren. "Once he gets out in front, he's very tough to catch. The whole day he was very clinical.

"I don't like being on the end of it but it was a pleasure to watch."

That it was.

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