Eng­land’s Justin Rose hopes for 2nd ma­jor ti­tle with vic­tory at US Open

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY GREG HEAKES

Justin Rose says he is en­ter­ing the peak of his ca­reer and the up­ward climb he has been on lately has him hope­ful of claim­ing his sec­ond ma­jor ti­tle at this week’s 115th U.S. Open.

“I’m do­ing all the right things, it’s just a mat­ter of ev­ery­thing lin­ing up again in one week,” said Rose.

Rose, who was born in Johannesburg but grew up in Eng­land, broke through to win the 2013 U.S. Open at Me­rion Golf club for his first ma­jor ti­tle.

He has won a PGA Tour event in each of the past seven sea­sons and this year claimed the Zurich Clas­sic af­ter ty­ing for sec­ond in The Mas­ters.

“I feel like I’ve kicked on from win­ning my first ma­jor, some­times it’s dif­fi­cult to live up to that,” he said fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice round.

“I’ve main­tained my world rank­ing, I’ve won tour­na­ments, I’ve done all the right things.

“Hav­ing won one now gives you more con­fi­dence to get it done again.

“There are go­ing to be op­por­tu­ni­ties to win more, you’ve got to be pa­tient.

“The per­for­mance I put in at Au­gusta would have won many of those cham­pi­onships and I got beat by a bet­ter player ( Jor­dan Spi­eth) on the week.”

Rose, a three time Euro­pean Ry­der Cup team mem­ber may be one of the nicest guys on the PGA Tour, but don’t ex­pect him to give an inch to his op­po­nents at the Cham­bers Bay golf course and that goes for Amer­i­can play­ing part­ner Spi­eth.

Rose will be tee­ing it up on Thurs­day in a group with the reign­ing Mas­ters champ and two-time U.S. Open run­nerup Jason Day, of Aus­tralia.

Rose in­tro­duced him­self to the golf­ing world with a splash at the 1998 Bri­tish Open when he tied for fourth as a 17-year-old am­a­teur. He capped his round in dra­matic fash­ion by hol­ing out from 50 yards from the rough.

Rose turned pro­fes­sional the next day, then missed his first 21 cuts as a pro­fes­sional.

But he per­se­vered, and other than a stretch in 2014 when he bat­tled in­juries and early in 2015 when he was low on con­fi­dence and fell out of the top 10, he has been, for the most part, on a steady for­ward pro­gres­sion.

Asked Wed­nes­day if he was frus­trated be­cause he hadn’t won a ma­jor since his first one, Rose said not at all.

Euro­peans now have cap­tured four of the past five U.S. Opens, a re­ver­sal from the 40-year drought be­tween Tony Jack­lin’s vic­tory in 1970 and Graeme McDow­ell in 2010.

Rose’s share of 12th last year made him just the fourth U.S. Open win­ner since 1991 to place higher than 30th in his ti­tle de­fense.

He cred­its the Euro­pean suc­cess to sim­ply hav­ing more play­ers in the North Amer­i­can mix.

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