What I'll Remember About 2013: Rose graceful in victory and defeatNovember 24, 2013
By Amanda Balionis, PGATOUR.COM
PGATOUR.COM asked its staffers and writers what they will remember about the 2013 season. For the archived list of essays and a complete review of the season, click here.
In 2013, nothing stands out more to me than the grace of Justin Rose.
My first observation came after play on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, where Rose finished second to Tiger Woods. That victory, you may remember, put Woods back in the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings.
After their rounds, Rose was bombarded by media, being asked mostly about Tiger's play. It's a situation that is never easy for a player but probably even tougher immediately after finishing as the runner-up.
I watched as Rose answered every question in the scoring area and, after about 15 minutes, it was my turn to interview the Englishman. Just as we were about to begin, Woods walked into scoring. Without hesitation, Rose broke away and hugged Woods, telling him how happy he was for him to reach World No. 1 again.
Not long after, it was Rose that was the topic of most interviews, especially at the Travelers Championship, just one week after the Englishman claimed the U.S. Open title. Again, no interviews were turned down, even with the escalated demands that come with being a major champion.
I set up to interview Rose on the fourth hole, where the tee box and the road were separated by a fence. Approaching the tee, he acknowledged every single fan, continued to sign autographs and graciously did the interview.
After the interview, Rose turned around to see a car stopped in the middle of the street as two fans jumped out asking for an autograph. Without hesitation once again, Rose told them to throw their hats over the fence to sign and talked to them for a few minutes.
Then the major champ continued on with the pro-am with the same grace and appreciation for the game he had as a runner-up.