ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — After capturing his first major title at last year's U.S. Open, Justin Rose took nearly 13 months to return to the winner's circle.
Now he's heading to the British Open seeking a third tournament victory in three weeks.
Rose turned the final round of the Scottish Open into a procession on Sunday, calmly shooting a 6-under 65 to win by two strokes and seal back-to-back successes either side of the Atlantic.
A fortnight ago, the Englishman won the Quicken Loans National at Congressional in a playoff to finally shrug off that hangover from Merion.
"It's uncharted territory for me — I've never won two in a row before," said Rose, who has banked almost $2 million in prize money from his two victories.
The big question now is: can he make it three in a row? Definitely, judging by his impressive body of work over the Royal Aberdeen links since Thursday.
Four straight rounds in the 60s. Imperious iron play in varying wind conditions. Brilliant putting, which has long been his weak point. The confidence of being a major champion stood out Sunday — Rose was nerveless from the moment he rolled in a 12-foot putt on the second hole, the first of six birdies.
His closest challengers had no chance, with playing partner Marc Warren — who started out in the last group with Rose tied at 10-under — watching on in awe.
"Not a lot I could have done about that," said Warren, who shot a 70 for third place. "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."
Unheralded Swede Kristoffer Broberg finished second on 14 under after a 66, one of a slew of low scores on a windless final day that left Royal Aberdeen defenseless and there for the taking. If players wanted one last tough test before Hoylake, it wasn't going to come here with because of a lack of wind off the North Sea, soft greens after morning rain and some easy pin positions.
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