Justin Rose held the 54-hole lead the last time he played the Travelers Championship. (Cohen/Getty Images)
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Justin Rose isn’t resting after his U.S. Open victory. He’s scheduled to be on the tee Thursday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., for the Travelers Championship. Rose can be commended for holding to his commitment after a grueling week at Merion that saw him win his first major championship.
Travelers Championship tournament director Nathan Grube told the Associated Press that Rose's wife, Kate, called shortly after Rose won at Merion title to confirm they would play the Travelers.
"She called last night at about 9:30 and I looked down at the phone and said, 'This is either going to be a really good call or a really bad call,' " Grube told the AP. "She said, `We're coming, we're just trying to rearrange our schedule a little bit because of all the media (commitments).' "
Rose finished ninth in his last Travelers start, in 2010. That showing was sandwiched between Rose’s first two PGA TOUR victories, at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance and AT&T National. Rose held a three-shot lead after three rounds at the 2010 Travelers, but a final-round 75 kept him from a second consecutive victory.
“I felt like I was a better player Monday after Hartford than going into Sunday because I felt like I learned a couple things,” Rose said at the following week’s AT&T National.
This is the second consecutive year that the U.S. Open champion has played the Travelers Championship. Webb Simpson finished 29th after winning on the nation’s opposite coast, at Olympic Club near San Francisco.
Several players who chased Rose at the U.S. Open also are in the Travelers Championship field, including Jason Dufner, who finished fourth at the U.S. Open for the second consecutive season. Hunter Mahan, whose first PGA TOUR victory came at the 2007 Travelers Championship, also is playing at TPC River Highlands after finishing fourth at Merion.