US Open: Justin Rose patiently primed for his chance to land a second major

Justin Rose

Justin Rose’s US Open win at the lush Merion two years ago may seem insignificant at Chambers Bay, where the second major of 2015 will be played in links conditions.

Yet a proven ability to prevail in a US Open, against the typically fierce set-up as implemented by the USGA, is unquestionably in Rose’s favour. He will happily acknowledge as much.

“I think the mentality is going to be the same in terms of having to grind out pars, having to be patient, having to handle the adversity that’s going to happen out there in 72 holes of golf,” Rose explained. “So those are the types of things that I’m looking at trying to be good at this week. And as long as I play well that should manifest itself in a pretty good chance to win.

“Then it’s all about coming down the stretch on Sunday. It’s never easy but if you’ve done it before, at least you have some positives on which to draw.

“I’m not surprised that I haven’t won a major since then. There are many great players that have never won a major that deserve to win a major. They’re hard to win and sometimes this game, it can elude you pretty easily. Certainly I’m very grateful for the one I have, and I believe there are going to be more opportunities to win more. You’ve got to be patient with it.

“I feel like the performance I put in at Augusta this year would have won many of those championships and I got beat by a better player [Jordan Spieth] on the week. But you’ve got to play your own game and create your own chances. I’ve played pretty well in the majors since. I think I saw a stat today that in the last 10 majors I’m fourth in scoring, and the last four majors I’m fourth in under-par. I’m doing all the right things, it’s just a matter of everything lining up again in one week.”

Rose’s Masters reference is pertinent. He will have the player he couldn’t keep pace with there, Spieth, for company over rounds one and two here. Jason Day completes what is one of the 115th US Open’s marquee groupings.

“I enjoy playing with Jordan,” Rose added. “I think in some ways I’ve got to learn his game pretty well. We were paired in Houston, the final rounds of Augusta, two rounds at the Memorial, all pretty fresh in my memory.

“I’ve played a lot with Jordan in the last six weeks or so, so it definitely makes for a comfortable pairing. Obviously Jason Day is in there, too, he’s a great guy and someone that I know very well. So two great young players. It’s going to be a fun three-ball to be a part of.”

Rose believes physical performance could be key at this punishing venue. He has tailored his lead-up work accordingly. “I think there’s a big fitness element this week,” he said. “There are a lot of us who have been here and are probably preparing harder for this championship than many others. Because of that there’s an even bigger physical demand.

“One of my keys this week was to practise hard Friday, Saturday, Sunday, but conserve energy Monday and Tuesday. At the end of the day, you want to be 100% prepared Thursday morning but you need to have your best stuff on the weekend. So it’s sort of a double-edged sword. You can put so much time and energy into preparation that you kind of burn yourself out a little bit.”

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Ewan Murray at Chambers Bay, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 17th June 2015 22.14 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010