By STEVE DOUGLAS
2014-07-14 03:01 AM
ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) -- Justin Rose won the Scottish Open by two shots after a final round 6-under 65 on Sunday, sealing back-to-back victories either side of the Atlantic and bolstering his confidence ahead of next week's British Open.
The 2013 U.S. Open champion turned the last day into a procession, rolling in six birdies and going bogey-free on a windless Royal Aberdeen links course that was there for the taking on a day of low scoring.
Unheralded Swede Kristoffer Broberg finished second on 14 under after a 66. That qualified him for a place at the British Open at Hoylake, along with other top-10 finishers Tyrrell Hatton and Scott Jamieson.
Rose, who started the day tied for the lead with Marc Warren, eased to a first win in Europe since 2007 and backed up his victory at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional last month that ended a yearlong drought going back to the U.S. Open at Merion.
There were birdies aplenty on Sunday because of the ideal conditions, with Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and Chile's Felipe Aguilar breaking the course record with 8-under 63s and deposed champion Phil Mickelson saving his best round for last with a 65. If players wanted one last tough test before Hoylake, it wasn't going to come as Royal Aberdeen was laid bare with a lack of wind off the North Sea, soft greens and easy pin positions.
Likely up to No. 3 in the world with this 15th professional victory worldwide, Rose is in prime form heading to his home major. And there was no stopping him here.
The Englishman was nerveless in making birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 -- from a combined 40 feet -- to power into a two-shot lead over Warren, who was looking to avenge a final-round meltdown at the Scottish Open two years ago.
Rose added three more birdies in the front nine and another at No. 12, before parring his way home. He had the luxury of being able to soak up the applause as he ambled down the 18th hole, having planted his drive straight down the fairway and his approach onto the center of the green.
His iron play has been imperious this week, reviving memories of the form he produced during his first -- and only -- major win 13 months ago.
Rose is making a habit of winning on tough courses, with Royal Aberdeen joining a list that includes Merion, Doral, Valderrama and most recently Congressional.
Mickelson was tied for 11th while Rory McIlroy tied for 14th after a 67.