June 18 2013
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.