FLEET'S Justin Rose has been handed the perfect incentive for Open glory at Muirfield this weekend — he's going toe-to-toe with World number one Tiger Woods.

Rose was drawn to tee off with the tournament's hot favourite and Japan's Shigeki Maruyama as the News went to press at 9.01am Thursday morning — a draw he describes as a dream come true.

He said: "I am looking forward to playing with Tiger and I see it as a reward for how far my game has come in the last year.

"I am confident but not complacent as I have to play with Tiger for a first time somewhere, so why not at the Open? "It should be a great couple of days and hopefully the extra large galleries that tend to follow him will inspire me to play well."

Rose is a tempting 40/1 to win the Open after his gallant effort as an amateur at Royal Birkdale in 1998, where he finished fourth.