By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
NEW YORK -- U.S. Open champ Justin Rose is in Manhattan for a media blitz Tuesday that includes stops at various talk shows, including the Today Show and the Late Show with David Letterman. PGATOUR.COM's Brian Wacker is along for the ride with Rose and will file reports and photos throughout the day.
6 a.m. ET: Justin Rose and wife Kate emerge from their room at the Intercontinental Hotel in Times Square after only a few hours sleep. Rose played a corporate outing on Monday and had forgotten his golf clubs. "I usually only have two things to remember," he said. "Suitcase and golf bag. I had suitcase and trophy." Kate held the U.S. Open trophy as they arrived at MSNBC's Morning Joe, calling it her "bling" for the day.
Rose on the set of Morning Joe. Click here for a clip from the interview.
6:30 a.m.: On the set of MSNBC's Morning Joe, Rose says of the names on the U.S. Open trophy, these are players he's read about and idolized and, "All of a sudden I'm part of that club. It's surreal." He also says of his late father Ken, "He gave up so much for me to be a professional golfer." On the way to NBC for The Today Show, Rose is stopped a few times by passersby. Even in New York it's hard to be inconspicuous carrying the U.S. Open trophy.
7:30 a.m.: During a break for breakfast before appearing on the Today Show, Rose excuses himself for an interview with ESPN's Mike & Mike radio show. Talking about the U.S. Open, Rose says, "You have to not be afraid of failure. You have to expect to win but not be afraid of not doing it." When Rose three-putted No. 16 on Sunday, he thought to himself, "I'm good. I can handle this."
Rose walking down Fifth Avenue
8:30 a.m. ET: Rose just arrived at the Today Show, where just prior to going on the air signed autographs and took pictures with fans, even letting one of them hold and kiss the U.S. Open trophy. It's been a whirlwind morning for Rose this morning. Up next: A visit to the SiriusXM studios.
Rose arriving at the Today Show.
Rose on the Today Show.
Rose signs autographs during the Today Show.
Rose gets ready to be on SiriusXM Radion.
9 a.m.: Rose just arrived at SiriusXM Radio, where he just heard the ESPN Radio call of his U.S. Open win. The first question from Steve Phillips and Evan Cohen: Which Justin would he rather hang out with, Timberlake or Bieber. Rose's answer: Timberlake. With him is of course the trophy, which doesn't yet have his name engraved on it. "I was thinking if taking a pen and scratching my name in it," he joked. How tough was Merion? Said Rose: "Maybe I was the least loser because the golf course was definitely the winner."
9:30 a.m.: At the end of last year, Rose and Adam Scott made a bet that whoever won a major first, half of the winner's check would go to the victory party. Scott of course won the Masters. Rose answered by winning the U.S. Open. So who's on the hook? "I think Scotty's on the hook," Rose said. Or perhaps Albany, the club in the Bahamas where both are members.
A photo of the names of U.S. Open winners engraved on the trophy.
10 a.m.: Rose took a photo of the trophy on way to the New York Stock Exchange. His name isn't yet engraved on it. He gets to keep it for a year then can buy a replica that's about 90 percent the size of the original.
Rose can't stop staring at the trophy. He said the trophy spent the night in the bed with him on Sunday night. He's been taking pictures of the names on the trophy and said it's "surreal" to think his name will be on the trophy, too.
Rose gets ready for yet another interview. Click here for his clip from Squawk on the Street.
10:30 a.m.: Rose just arrived on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, where he's appearing on CNBC's Squawk on the Street. Rose posed for pictures with several of the traders before going on air -- and to some extent stopped the action on the floor of one of the busiest exchanges in the world because it seems everyone wants to get a glimpse of the newest U.S. Open champ.
11 a.m.: Rose just wrapped up at the New York Stock Exchange and is heading back to the hotel for a little R&R. Rose didn't get more than a few hours of sleep after arriving in New York Monday night. One other tidbit: Rose will apparently have a British Airways flight named after him -- B.A. Flight 281, in honor of his winning score at Merion.
The view from Rose's room at the InterContinental Times Square.
Rose gets ready for another appearance on national television.
2:30 p.m.: Justin Rose emerges from a quick rest at the Hotel InterContinental in Times Square ready for his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, where he's going full out with his wardrobe -- red pants, blue shirt and shoes, red and blue tie. With a young family, Rose says he's rarely awake when the show is on but he's excited about the appearance. "A day like this I feel a bit like a fish out of water," he says. "But I'm just enjoying the ride."
3 p.m.: Prior to his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, Justin Rose has a taping with PGA TOUR Entertainment, where he talks about the emotion of winning and what it's like to be a major champion 15 years after a splash at the British Open as a 17-year-old. "People always thought I'd have to win the Open Championship to be remembered, but maybe this is the one I'll be remembered for."
Rose goes over some lines for the top-10 list before meeting David Letterman.
4 p.m.: Rose has arrived at the Late Show with David Letterman and is practicing the top-10 list for his appearance tonight. It's been a whirlwind for Rose, who adds that while it has been a long day he's looking forward to his appearance. "This should be exciting," he said. "Go out with a bang." After hearing the top-10 list, he's right. Rose burst into laughter over it.
5 p.m.: After beginning his day at 6 a.m., Rose's day is finally done, concluding with a reading of the famed top-10 list on Letterman. But the week isn't over. Rose departs for the Travelers Championship, where he's playing this week. Rose has long been committed and says he didn't want to back out of his commitment. His children will be waiting for him when arrives after they were flown up to Connecticut from Orlando.
Justin Rose is known as a terrific ballstriker, especially with his long irons. (Hallowell/Getty Images)
By Travis Fulton, Director of Instruction, PGA TOUR Academy
The similarities between Ben Hogan’s famous 1-iron and Justin Rose’s 4-iron on the 72nd hole of yesterday’s U.S. Open are striking. Both players needed to make par on the very difficult 18th hole at Merion — Hogan to force a playoff in the 1950 U.S. Open, which he’d go on to win, and Rose to hold onto a slim one-shot advantage.
And both players faced long approach shots — Hogan from 213 yards, and Rose from 229. Neither player flinched, as Hogan hit his approach to 40 feet and two-putted for his par, while Rose threw a dart at the flag that ran through the green and left him with a fairly simple up-and-down for his first major championship title.
Hogan was considered the best ballstriker of his time. He was fond of finding it in the dirt. And Rose is earning quite a reputation as a ballstriker as well. When he absolutely needed to find the short grass on No. 18 yesterday, he split the middle of the fairway. Then, under tremendous pressure, he delivered the shot of his life into the 18th green. Not a single player made birdie on the 18th hole this weekend at Merion, and Rose’s third shot came within inches of dropping in the hole for a 3.
For the week, Rose tied for first in par-4 birdies (10), was second in fairways hit (75 percent), and tied for seventh in greens in regulation (69.44 percent). It should probably come as no surprise that Rose hit those two clutch shots on 18, since he leads the PGA TOUR in both total driving and GIR percentage from 200+ yards (60.42 percent) this season. He’s also sixth in GIR (69.81 percent) and third in ball striking, a combination of GIR and total driving.
What makes Rose such an exceptional ball-striker, especially with his longer irons, is his ability to differentiate his upper and lower body at impact. He’s able to shift his weight into his lead foot, which moves the low point of his swing forward, to the ball, and he maintains his side tilt away from the ball. This is essential to hitting green-hugging long irons because it allows you to stay behind the ball and utilize the true loft on the clubface, so the ball launches higher and lands softer.
The most common mistake that amateurs make with their longer clubs is that when they shift their weight left on the downswing, their upper body goes with it. There’s no differentiation between the upper and lower body, and they typically come over-the-top of the ball and hit it to the right, or mishit it off the toe, which shoots it low and to the left.
On the flip side, if they try to stay behind the ball with their upper body, their weight stays on their back foot and they hit behind it. With no differentiation, they may still hit their short irons okay (because of the loft), but they’ll launch their longer irons, hybrids, and fairway woods too low. Here are two drills to help you create this differentiation and improve your ball striking.
DRILL 1: PRE-SET IMPACT
Take your setup with a 5-iron or hybrid and, from there, assume a good impact position. Move your weight into your lead foot and open your hips, but keep your spine tilted to the right, behind the ball, as it was at address. You should feel a good stretch between your upper and lower body, and your shoulders should be closed relative to your hips. Hold this position for a second or two, and then return to your address position and swing, trying to recreate the differentiation you felt between your upper and lower body at impact.
DRILL 2: USE THE GROUND
Place a towel or sponge (something that offers a little resistance) under your lead foot, and as you swing down, feel as if you’re applying pressure from the left foot into the ground, through that towel. This drill will teach you to shift your weight forward, so that the clubhead doesn’t bottom out too soon and you hit the ball solidly, with the club’s full loft. If you watch Rose’s practice swings, you can see him rehearsing this move.
He swings the club to the top, and then very deliberately transfers his weight forward, applying pressure into the ground with his left foot. From there he uses his left foot as leverage to turns through and complete his swing. Copy this move and your ballstriking should improve as well.
Travis Fulton is the Director of Instruction at the TOUR Academies at TPC Sawgrass and the World Golf Village. For more information on the TOUR Academy, click here.
Justin Rose conquered Merion on Sunday in the Philadelphia suburbs. Now he's taking the Big Apple by storm. Rose will do the U.S. Open champion's media tour Tuesday in New York City. He'll make stops at MSNBC's "Morning Joe," SiriusXM Radio, CNBC's "Squak on the Stree," and will cap the trip by reading the Top Ten List on the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, June 18 at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.
Rose, 32, won his first major title on Sunday at Merion and will be making the New York media rounds before heading to Hartford for this week's Travelers Championship.
Justin Rose's upbeat attitude helped him at Merion Golf Club. (Redington/Getty Images)
By Dr. Gregg Steinberg, Special to PGATOUR.COM
It was not lost on Justin Rose that the final round of the U.S. Open was played on Father’s Day. Rose was 21 when his father passed away. Rose said poignantly, “A lot of us come from great men and we have that responsibility to our children to show what a great man can be”. Furthermore, Rose stated that his goal was to carry himself proudly regardless of what happened during the final round. Acting with pride and a deep sense of responsibility helped Rose to be confident and stay mentally focused to win the U.S. Open.
Our actions can greatly affect our emotions. According to Self-Perception Theory, we infer our emotions from our actions. Our brain gets the message how to feel. When we smile, we infer that we are happy because we are smiling. Even faking a smile will make us happier. When we act prideful, we will feel proud about confident about ourselves and our golf game.
This same principle can have a huge impact on your confidence level. One of the best ways to become more confident is by simply acting confident. Walking off the green with shoulders slumped and head down after missing an easy putt makes a golfer feel less confident during subsequent holes. On the other hand, a golfer fresh off a double bogey can maintain his confidence by keeping his chip up, literally.
If you want to feel more proud about your game, then act with pride like Rose did at Merion. If you want more confidence, strut your stuff all the time, no matter what. If you want to have more fun, just keep smiling!
Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a regular guest every Tuesday on “Talk of the TOUR” heard on the Sirius/XM PGA TOUR radio. He is a tenured professor of sports psychology and has been the mental game coach for many PGA TOUR players as well as top collegiate and junior golfer. Dr. Gregg is the author of the best selling golf psychology book, MentalRules for Golf, and you can get your autographed copy at drgreggsteinberg.com.
Justin Rose carded a final-round 70 to win the 113th U.S. Open on Sunday for his first major championship victory.
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Justin Rose (left) and Luke Donald are each seeking their first major win (Getty Images).
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- The All-England pairing of Luke Donald and Justin Rose has just teed off in Sunday's final round. Each player would love nothing more than to end their country's drought at the U.S. Open.
The last English winner came in 1970 when Tony Jacklin won at Hazeltine. Since then, the only runner-up finish by an Englishman came in 1988 when Nick Faldo lost to Curtis Strange in a playoff at The Country Club.
Faldo was also the last Englishman to win a major of any kind with his win in 1996 at the Masters. Since then, the English are 0 for 65.
Donald and Rose are each at 1 over, two strokes off the lead held by Phil Mickelson.
Donald's last win on the PGA TOUR was at Tampa Bay in 2012. The former No. 1 has two top-10s this season, including a tie for third at the RBC Heritage.
He feels his game is ready to win a major.
"I feel like for the most part those last three rounds I've played some solid golf," said Donald, who suffered a double bogey on his final hole in Saturday's third round to drop out of the lead. "It's just going out there and trusting it."
Rose, who's last TOUR win was the 2012 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, also likes his position going into the final round.
"One or two shots on this golf course can disappear in a heartbeat," Rose said. "There's a lot of momentum swings out here. I feel like I'm in great position.
"If you would have said to me, Thursday morning, hey, this is where you're going to be entering Sunday, I would absolutely have taken it."
Justin Rose talks with John Maginnes of SiriusXm PGA TOUR Radio after shooting 71 in the third round.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Justin Rose had to have a bit of a chat with himself as he made the turn on a windy Saturday during the third round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
He had made a mess of the par-5 seventh hole, hitting his third shot over the green, chipping 46 feet past the hole and two-putting for the bogey on a hole playing the third easiest of the week. He missed a 10-footer to save par at the eighth hole, and then made a water-logged bogey at No. 11.
But Rose chipped in for birdie from an imbedded lie at the 12th hole which "really ignited the day," the Englishman said. He made three birdies coming home for a 71 that left him 5 under and three strokes off Matt Kuchar's lead through 54 holes.
"I struggled a little with my patience around the turn," Rose acknowledged. "I felt like I was throwing the round away, and I had to give myself a talking to to just relax, let the golf happen. And I managed to do that, made three birdies from that point coming in. That was a nice turning point for me."
Rose, who had to finish his second round at 7:20 a.m. Saturday, felt he may have gotten a little "tired or sloppy" with his swing until he made the attitude adjustment. He can't afford any such lapses on Sunday as he chases his second Memorial win in four years.
Rose, who is tied with Bill Haas and Matt Jones, was four strokes behind Rickie Fowler entering the final round at Muirfield Village in 2010. He closed with a 66 and ended up beating Fowler by three, picking up his breakthrough PGA TOUR victory in the process.
"It was similar conditions, and I got it done," Rose said. "This course has a history of the wind swirling. But obviously when it's blowing this hard, it plays a little more consistent. That's the only good thing I can say about it. The rest is very tough. The greens are rolling perfectly, but quick, but there's no let up.
"You have to hit good shot after good shot, which is how it should be."
Knowing what it takes to win at Jack Nicklaus' place will only help Rose on Sunday as he chases Kuchar, who has already won this year and finished second last week.
"Anytime you've done it, you can draw strength from that," Rose said. "I had a pretty specific game plan going into the final round in 2010, being (four) back. And I'm sure that will play again this week."