June 21 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. --The past week has been a whirlwind for Justin Rose.
Since winning the U.S. Open, he's gone on on a whirlwind media tour in New York City and announced his decision to switch agencies and sign with Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports.
And that didn't include the golf.
Rose had an early tee time Friday but still managed to shoot 68 and enter the weekend at the Travelers Championship at 5 under and on the edge of contention for his second straight win.
"Still don't feel like I'm 100 percent with my body," Rose admitted. "I found getting up this morning was a tough one. The night was very, very short."
No player has ever won the U.S. Open and gone on to win here the following week.
"I'm just trying to honor the plan as best I can," Rose said. "Honor what's been working for me so well."
No matter what happened at Merion, Rose always intended to play at TPC River Highlands, where he's in the middle of a three-week stretch that was always planned that way from the start.
Winning the U.S. Open wasn't necessarily something he factored in, though. Or at least everything that goes with it.
"I've gotta be really careful of on Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays and really try and conserve my energy so I can give a good account to myself playing the tournament," Rose said.
So far, so good.