ARDMORE, Pa. – Fitting that Justin Rose’s first-career major championship victory came on Father’s Day. His father, Ken, died of cancer in 2002 at age 57, but was hugely influential in Rose’s life.
“Yes, the look up to the heavens was absolutely for my dad,” Rose, 32, said moments after shooting a final-round 70 to win the U.S. Open at Merion. “Father's Day was not lost on me today. You don't have opportunities to really dedicate a win to someone you love. And today was about him and being Father's Day.
“I was 21 when he passed away and I always think about it as the time together we had was quality not quantity. I would rather have had 21 fantastic years with my dad than 40 years of a relationship that was, hey, you know, so-so. But I have very fond memories of the way I grew up. My dad and I were lucky enough to spend a lot of quality time together learning to play the game, after school on the driving range, so I can look back at our life together with a lot of fondness.”