US Open: Patience key at Oakmont, says 2013 champion Justin Rose

Justin Rose

Justin Rose was the first Englishman to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970

England’s Justin Rose says patience will be crucial if he is to win a second US Open title next week.

Rose had dropped four shots by the 11th hole on the first day at Merion in 2013, but went on to win his only major by two strokes at one over par.

The winning score is again expected to be around level par or worse this year at Oakmont, a 7,254-yard, par-70 course, hosting its ninth US Open.

“A US Open can often be last man standing,” said 35-year-old Rose.

“Guys are going to make mistakes, you are going to have your stretch where you feel like you’re slipping out of contention.

“But you have to realise everyone is going to face that at some point through 72 holes, so just stick with it – grind it out.”

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Angel Cabrera’s winning total was five over par when Oakmont last staged the championship in 2007, Rose finishing in a tie for 10th on 11 over after a disappointing 76 in the final round.

“I remember it being a classic old course, incredibly difficult, bunkers being amazingly deep,” added Rose, who finished 12 shots off winner Martin Kaymer in 2014 and 10 behind Jordan Spieth in 2015.

“I feel like it’s a course that could suit me. I feel like most US Open courses suit the way I try to go about things and all eyes are on that prize right now.”

A back injury forced South Africa-born Rose to miss the recent PGA Championship and Memorial Tournament, but he has since been practising at Oakmont.

“I just have to be very diligent with my rehab at the moment,” he added.

“I haven’t hit top gear just yet this year, so to speak, but I am playing really well, very consistently and just looking for that extra something to get me into the winner’s circle and have a great run.”

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