Apparently Justin Rose believes in striking while the proverbial iron is hot.
Less than 24 hours after he claimed his first major title at the U.S. Open, Rose's camp confirmed that the Englishman will remain in the field at this week's Travelers Championship, according to an AP report.
'I looked down at the phone and said, 'This is either going to be a really good call or a really bad call,'' tournament director Nathan Grube said of a call he received from Rose's wife, Kate, Sunday night. 'It was fine. She said, 'We're coming, we're just trying to rearrange our schedule a little bit because of all the media (commitments).'
At No. 3 in the latest world rankings, Rose will be the highest-ranked player in this week's field and the only player among the top 10 to tee it up at TPC River Highlands. Fellow countryman Lee Westwood, currently 12th in the world, is the next highest-ranked player among the 156-man field.
This marks the second consecutive year that the PGA Tour's Hartford, Conn., stop has hosted the reigning U.S. Open champion immediately after his breakthrough win. Last year, Webb Simpson flew cross-country from San Francisco after claiming his maiden major title at The Olympic Club and ultimately finished the week tied for 29th, eight shots behind eventual winner Marc Leishman.