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Rose wins title

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ABERDEEN, Scotland - Justin Rose has won the Scottish Open by two shots after a final round 6-under 65, sealing back-to-back victories either side of the Atlantic and bolstering his confidence ahead of next week's British Open.

The 2013 US Open champion turned the last day into a procession, rolling in six birdies and going bogey-free on a windless Royal Aberdeen links course that was there for the taking on a day of low scoring.

Unheralded Swede Kristoffer Broberg finished second on 14 under after a 66.

That earned him one of the three qualifying places for the British Open at Hoylake, along with other top-10 finishers Tyrrell Hatton and Scott Jamieson.

Rose, who started the day tied for the lead with Marc Warren, eased to a first win in Europe since 2007 and backed up his victory at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional last month that ended a yearlong drought going back to the US Open at Merion.

"It feels unbelievable to be back in the winner's circle so quickly," said Rose, who has banked almost $US2 million ($A2.1 million) in prize money for his impressive fortnight's work.

There were birdies aplenty on Sunday because of the ideal conditions, with Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and Chile's Felipe Aguilar breaking the course record with 8-under 63s and deposed champion Phil Mickelson saving his best round for last with a 65.

If players wanted one last tough test before Hoylake, it wasn't going to come as Royal Aberdeen was laid bare with a lack of wind off the North Sea, soft greens and easy pin positions.

Likely up to No.3 in the world from No.6 with this 15th professional victory worldwide, Rose is in prime form heading to his home major. And there was no stopping him here.

The Englishman was nerveless in making birdies at Nos.2 and 3 - from a combined 40 feet - to power into a two-shot lead over Warren, who was looking to avenge a final-round meltdown at the Scottish Open two years ago.

Rose added three more birdies in the front nine and another at No.12, before parring his way home.





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