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Rose cracks Top 3 in rankings, favorite to win Open Championship

Justin Rose’s victory at the European Tour’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open moved the Englishman to No. 3 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

International superstars Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson are still first and second, respectively, heading into the 143rd Open Championship this week at Royal Liverpool in England. American stars Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar round out the Top 5.

Rose, who recorded just one bogey all weekend in Scotland, finished 16-under overall. It marked his second straight victory in as many starts. He won on the PGA Tour at the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago.

Brian Harman, an 80-to-1 betting underdog to start the week at www.skybet.com, won his maiden PGA Tour tournament title capturing the John Deere Classic Sunday in Illinois. He jumped 45 places to 70th in the latest rankings and earned a playing spot at the Open.

Other Golf News:

  • Zach Johnson, who finished runner-up to Harman at the John Deere, moved up two slots to No. 14 in the world.
  • Rose finished the 2013 campaign on the European Tour in third place in the Race to Dubai Standings and sixth in Scoring Average. On the PGA Tour, he was sixth in the All Around Category and eighth on the tour’s money list.
  • With his back-to-back wins, Rose has been upgraded to the overall betting favorite this week, according to Ladbrokes.com. Rose is listed at 14-1, while Scott, Stenson and Rory McIlroy are at 16-1.
  • Defending Open champ Phil Mickelson is 20-1 to win the major, while Tiger Woods enters the week at 20-1. He won the title here in 2006.