Justin Rose thinks he is ready to win back-to-back majors following his US Open triumph last month.
The Open is only days away and the 32-year-old has had to acclimatise to all the changes, such as increased media attention, that occur following a major win.
The Englishman missed the first 21 cuts when he turned professional and after a series of near misses at majors he believes he has shown he has what it takes to make it at the highest level.
"Not until recently did I realise what effect that start to my pro career had from a deep-rooted confidence point of view.
"You hope you're good enough, you think you're good enough, but not until you win one do you know you're good enough.
"I feel my game is going to give me chances in the future for sure and what I took out of Merion is that I'm ready to relish the opportunity.
"I'm sure I'm going to win some and lose some but I'm really ready to put myself in those positions that will test me the most, areas that force me to learn and get better. I'm looking forward to moving on and seeing what else I can go on to achieve."
Rose is unsure how playing as a major champion will affect him but he is certain home support will help.
"It's going to be different and I can't answer how it is going to feel for me," he said. "I have a slight inkling because I played the week after the US Open.
"I turned up at a PGA Tour event as US Open champion and there's absolutely no doubt that the reception on the first tee was different. It was all in a positive way. It was an amazing week.
"If I get myself playing well and into contention I think that is when the support might really spur me on. Having won the US Open, if I find myself coming down the stretch on Sunday that's when I think it will pay off.
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