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Rose expects and is happy to be in contention

High hopes: Justin Rose is chasing a second major title
High hopes: Justin Rose is chasing a second major title
Justin Rose

By Carl Markham

Justin Rose welcomes the expectations placed on him as he heads into the weekend at Royal Portrush hoping for a repeat of last year's Open.

At Carnoustie 12 months ago he made the cut right on the mark with an 18-foot putt at the last on Friday.

He promptly went out the next day and shot 64, followed it up with a 69 and finished tied for second.

Rose admits a repeat of those two days would go a long way to him adding to his 2013 US Open victory, so far his solitary major, especially after his third-place finish at the US Open last month.

"That weekend would be worth everything if you could put it all together when it counts," said the Englishman, whose second-round 67 lifted him to six under.

"Obviously last year it almost counted. It was great. But it was important for me to have that weekend because it made me believe I could win this tournament.

"I'm probably one of the best players in the world and there should be expectation when you're in contention to be able to continue to play well in that situation.

"But (is there) too much expectation, no, I don't think so. I think I should go out and be who I am and be comfortable with it tomorrow.

"I don't think there's any more expectation from outside than I have for myself.

"I think when you have to deal with everyone else's expectation and it's not in line with how you feel that's difficult.

"But I'm comfortable with how much I expect of myself and that makes it easier tomorrow and the next day."

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