Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rose's Open Dream Hit by Wild Swings in Form

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rose's Open Dream Hit by Wild Swings in Form

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Byline: DAVID SMITH

CLICK on the website of golf guru David Leadbetter and you'll find the featured swing is that of his protege Justin Rose.

Leadbetter applauds the "textbook address position", the "very simple and uncomplicated takeaway", a " terrific impact position", and the "fully balanced follow-through".

It's all there, fully illustrated, for anyone to study and copy.

So as a matter of urgency maybe somebody should lend Rose a laptop computer with a telephone connection so he can reacquaint himself with what he should be doing.

As things stand Rose, the darling of Open Championship galleries, will be an absent friend when the world's elite gather at Royal Troon next week.

Tiger Woods is perceived to be in trouble with his swing ahead of the season's third major, but the American's problems are nothing compared to those besetting Rose.

The 23-year-old has been touted as the natural successor to Nick Faldo as England's principle challenger for the Claret Jug. But in order to win it you've got to be in it and just 10 days before the first ball is driven in anger Rose has yet to secure his place on The Open entry list.

His last chance comes with this week's Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond. The prize he's after is the one invitation to tee it up at Troon on offer to the highest finisher who is not already in The Open.

Sadly, Rose will travel north from his London apartment more in hope than expectation.

The player, who as an amateur chipped in at the last to finish tied for fourth place at the 1998 Royal Birkdale Open, and who then went on to win important tournaments in South Africa, Japan and on home ground in the British Masters, is currently more inconsistent than the summer weather.

The stats tell the story. Compared with last year his game is worse in every significant category. …

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