UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Justin Rose understands the strategy required to win a U.S. Open, and he hopes that a repeat of his 2013 game plan will lead to similar results this week at Chambers Bay.
When Rose won this event two years ago at Merion Golf Club, he made it through 72 holes without making worse than bogey on any hole. With plenty of pitfalls lurking around this week’s venue, he plans to rely on a conservative approach once again.
“It’s just about staying away from the big number,” Rose said. “If you can do things like that and not give away cheap shots, or cheap bogeys, that’s going to help come the end of the week.”
Rose was slow out of the gates this season, but he has heated up since the Masters. The Englishman won the Zurich Classic and held a 54-hole lead at the Memorial in his most recent start. The turnaround was sparked, though, with his runner-up finish at Augusta National, which Rose hopes to build upon this week.
“I came up against a great Jordan Spieth performance, but again it was a sign that my game is capable of winning these big championships,” Rose said.
Rose embodies the patience and steady play required to win golf’s most grueling major, and he embraces another chance to test his game on a course where par will be a goal rather than a consolation prize.
“It does stand out from a mental test point of view and the toughness of the golf course I think is unique to this event,” he said. “Would you want to play 20 of these a year? Probably not. But I think for one tournament, it’s very special and it’s a test I certainly relish.”