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June 11, 2014

Rose hopeful about Open, not so much about WCup

PINEHURST, N.C. — Now that he’s got that pesky major out of the way, Justin Rose is learning to savor the quest for his next big title.

He’s not nearly as optimistic about England’s chances in the World Cup.

Rose is the reigning champion heading into the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, a player who is certainly more at ease with his place in golf now that he’s got one of those prestigious titles on his resume.

“In the last few months, I sort of realized what I have achieved and it’s time to embrace it, enjoy it, and let that be the strength for me to go on and win more,” Rose said Tuesday.

Of course, there’s another big sporting event beginning this week, one that will certainly have the attention of Rose and his fellow English players.

Their soccer-mad nation has a huge opening match in the World Cup against Italy on Saturday, the soccer game scheduled to begin in Brazil about the time the third round of the Open is wrapping up in North Carolina.

Rose is not very hopeful.

England’s only World Cup title came in 1966 and expectations are low for this team, a youthful squad playing in one of the most difficult groups.

“I would say there’s probably more chance of one of us winning the major than England winning the World Cup,” said Rose, among 11 English players in the Pinehurst field. “Sad to say.”

Rose’s primary focus will be on his bid to become the first repeat U.S. Open champion in a quarter-century.

Last year’s triumph at Merion had been in the making for nearly that long, ever since Rose finished fourth as an 18-year-old amateur at the 1998 British Open.

When it seemed he might have a lifetime membership in the “Best Players Never To Win A Major” club, Rose won a duel with Phil Mickelson at the venerable club outside Philadelphia.

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