JUSTIN Rose is confident his game is back on track as he bids to make it major number two at this week’s US Masters.

The Hampshire star has struggled for form this season – missing three cuts in four events during the ‘Florida Swing’ stage of the US PGA Tour – but feels his game is coming back.

The 2013 US Open champion finished tied 37th at last week’s Shell Houston Open and, but for a triple bogey on the 72nd hole, would have finished just outside the top ten.

Rose, who has held the first round lead at Augusta three times with a best finish of fifth, reckons he has ironed out a technical fault that has blighted his early season campaign.

“Over the past two weeks I feel like I’ve done some good work and I feel like I’m going in the right direction again,” he said.

“Basically I was getting ahead of the ball at impact, and shots were going left or right, the irons were not solid and the new putter was not working. So we’ve corrected the faults and I’ve gone back to the old putter.”

And while Rory McIlroy’s attempt to complete the career grand slam and 14-time major winner Tiger Woods returning to action after a two-month self-imposed exile have dominated the agenda ahead of the year’s first major championship, coming in slightly under the radar may just suit Rose, who has already proven he has what it takes to win a major.

The 34-year-old, who has never missed a cut at Augusta, plays with defending champion Bubba Watson and Korea’s Gunn Yang for the first two rounds, teeing off at 2.24pm (BST) on Thursday and 5.42pm on Friday.