CROMWELL, Conn. – Late Sunday, Travelers Championship tournament director Nathan Grube’s cell phone sprang to life. It was Kate Rose, the wife of U.S. Open champion, Justin.
“I figured this is going to be either really, really bad or really, really good,” Grube laughed on Tuesday.
It broke Grube’s way. Rose was calling to confirm he was playing this week’s event and just wanted to check on his pro-am tee time and reschedule some media commitments. The Englishman needed the extra time following Tuesday’s media blitz in New York City.
Rose made appearances on the Today Show, Morning Joe and the Late Show with David Letterman.
“I went on some great shows, shows I've seen on TV, and then to be a part of it is a slightly surreal moment,” Rose said of the whirlwind. “I enjoyed every experience.”
Although the post-major buzz can be overwhelming, Lucas Glover – who won the U.S. Open down the road at Bethpage and enjoyed a similar media tour on his way to the Travelers in 2009 – said it is one of the most rewarding parts of winning a major.
“The most fun part was it was instant gratification,” Glover said. “You’re being recognized the very next day. For me it was the greatest accomplishment in my life career-wise. For the whole day you’re the 2013 U.S. Open champion. That’s pretty cool.”