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Rose: The force was with me at Merion

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Apparently, talent wasn't the only thing that propelled Justin Rose to victory Sunday at the 113th U.S. Open.

The force was with him, too.

Last week, at the behest of his sports psychologist, Dr. Gio Valiante, Rose watched the famous YouTube clip from “The Empire Strikes Back” – in which Jedi master Yoda tells Luke Skywalker about his destiny – to get inspired for Merion.

“I made Justin watch that scene between Yoda and Luke because I wanted him to know he was ready, that he was finally mature enough to come into his own,” Valiante said, according to Golf Channel insider and Golf World senior writer Tim Rosaforte.