DUBLIN, Ohio – When USGA executive director Mike Davis said earlier this year that players wouldn’t be able to follow the normal plan of simply showing up the week of the championship to prepare for this year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, he had Justin Rose in mind.
When Rose won the 2013 U.S. Open he made an extended scouting trip to Merion beforehand and the added experience certainly paid off for the Englishman.
“I think Phil [Mickelson] also spent two or three days at Merion, as well. We were there at the same time and both of us obviously finished first and second,” said Rose, who took a three-stroke lead with a third-round 66 on Saturday at the Memorial.
“I've definitely seen a trend of players turning up earlier and earlier and getting as many rounds in as they can. I think preparation is a huge part.”
Because of scheduling conflicts, Rose hasn’t been out to Chambers Bay in Tacoma, Wash., and plans to arrive late next Thursday and begin his preparation for the year’s second major championship.
“I normally like to do it a week in advance, then get fresh, spend the weekend at home and turn back up there Tuesday so the week doesn't become so long,” Rose said. “You've always got to try and adapt, but this year it hasn't been possible to schedule it the way I did for Merion. I'm definitely going to get the rounds in.”