Rose discusses mental coach, life after Open win


Justin Rose’s whirlwind media tour brought him to the New York Stock Exchange, where earlier this week he sat down for an interview on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.”

Rose, 32, discussed winning the U.S. Open, the importance of a mental coach and how he’ll need to manage mental fatigue in the next few weeks.

Of his work with sports psychologist Gio Valiante, Rose said: “There’s a stigma about it still. It’s not that you have a problem and that’s why you need a guy like this. It’s to deal with life – to have everything in balance. When you are doing well in business, when you’re doing well in sport, your life is in balance and off the course, in and out of the office I would imagine.” 

During the Open, Rose said he focused on his pre-round breathing exercises and had a vision – an analogy of being in a tunnel – with three or four thoughts. If he found himself drifting, Rose said, he told himself to “get back in your tunnel.”

In the wake of his life-changing victory at Merion, Rose recalled a recent story about Tony Jacklin, coincidentally the last Englishman to win the U.S. Open, in 1970. 

“He felt like he was dragged all over the world doing things that he thought he should be doing as a major champion,” Rose said, but Jacklin’s form soon deteriorated because of the distractions. “You have to relish the opportunities that (winning) will bring, but at the same time weigh them out carefully.”