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The Masters: Justin Rose happy to ignore the limelight

A "hungry" Justin Rose is relishing sneaking into Augusta National under the radar as he looks to claim a second major title in the US Masters.

Rose contests the first major of the year as the reigning US Open champion following his emotional victory at Merion last year, but has gone largely unnoticed this season.

The 33-year-old has recorded just one top-10 finish on the PGA Tour in 2014 and missed the cut in his last event with a second round of 79, but after overcoming a shoulder injury feels he is among 15 "strong favourites" to win a green jacket on Sunday.

"I think my chances are good," said Rose, who was fifth here in 2007 and has led at some point during every round without leading when it really matters.

"I feel like it's a golf course that I've played well and played some great rounds on.

"From the European perspective, as with what happened for me at Merion, it can be any week for any of us. There's a lot of great players and a lot of great players are probably due as well. So maybe the fact that it has not happened for quite a while, potentially the odds tend to go in your favour.

"Missing the cut at Bay Hill was disappointing but at the same time it makes you more hungry. I haven't missed a cut for a long time and it's a bump in the road that reignites your focus and your work ethic and determination, and so it can be a good thing.

"I think I'm in a great place coming into this tournament. I'm coming in as a major champion, but I'm coming in with no hype, no expectation, under the radar and I feel good.

"I always dreamed about winning majors, plural, as a kid. Winning at Merion was amazing and there's been a period of time where you adjust to that and you've got to figure what's next, and I feel like I'm at that place now and I feel very energised for this year and beyond."

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