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Justin Rose boosts Ryder Cup hopes with opening 67 at PGA Championship

Pádraig Harrington has placed such emphasis on form with a view to Sunday’s European Ryder Cup wildcard selections that a Wentworth 67 from Justin Rose was timely.

Rose remains “one of the players involved in a scrap for a captain’s pick, with the PGA Championship providing the final opportunity for players to impress Harrington. Rose is five-under for the tournament and quickly one upon his fellow Ryder Cup hopefuls”

“Plan A is obviously to win,” Rose said. “Plan B is just to play well enough to give Padraig something to think about. I covered both of those bases today.”

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“The Englishman did not drop a shot but was still outshone by one of his playing partners. Adam Scott, making a rare appearance on the European Tour, signed for a 65. His finest moment came at the 15th, where he flipped from a scramble to save par to take the acclaim of the galleries after chipping in from 50 yards for a birdie.”

“I got out of jail there, it was an incredible three,” Scott said. “Sometimes it’s just your day out there and it kind of felt like that a bit for me today. It’s not been the easiest year on the course for me. I’ve struggled to get momentum going, unlike today.”

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