Admittedly working off a meager amount of sleep – 'enough just to get by today, but no more than that' – Justin Rose took time Monday to reflect upon his breakthrough victory at the U.S. Open.
'It's almost more than a dream,' the Englishman explained on the Dan Patrick Show. 'I looked for the trophy first thing this morning, and it was at the foot of the bed. It was one of the best ways to wake up I've ever had.'
Rose noted that after leaving Merion Golf Club around 11 p.m. last night, he dined with several members of his camp at a local restaurant where he had stayed during championship week.
'Just a few drinks amongst close friends,' noted Rose, whose winning total of 1-over 281 was two shots clear of both Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. 'Having the U.S. Open trophy as a centerpiece made it a pretty unique evening.'
With Mickelson playing behind in the final group behind him Sunday, Rose had to sweat out the conclusion of play after a par on the treacherous 18th hole. The 32-year-old explained that regardless of the ultimate result, he felt good about his effort leaving the final green.
'I felt like I had done enough,' said Rose. 'I felt like I had acquitted myself well and I could be proud no matter what happens.'
While he is eager to return to the course that Sunday granted him the biggest win of his career, Rose commented that he would prefer to make his return after the 'mess' created by one of the biggest events of the year is 'cleaned up.'
'I turned up to Merion the week before the championship started ... and there was nobody out there,' he added. 'I'd love to go back and reminisce with the course in the same state.'