It’s been a little more than a month since Justin Rose broke through at Merion for his first major championship. Now it’s time for the 2013 U.S. Open champion to take his first shot at major No. 2.
“This is the one that I’ve grown up dreaming of more than any other,” the Englishman said of the Open Championship.
Rose said Muirfield always presents a great challenge, and likened the course in some aspects to Merion.
“It’s a little bit like Merion from the perspective that it’s not overly long,” Rose said. “There’s going to be a lot of irons from the tee. But if you look around, there’s a lot of trouble. . . . You really have to keep control of your ball.”
Rose also said it will be a different atmosphere this year as he’ll play in his first Open Championship as a major winner.
“I feel calm and comfortable being a major champion now,” Rose said. “In some ways it eases the pressure; in other ways there are more expectations, so it’s a double-edged sword. But at the end of the day, the golf course doesn’t recognize who you are.
“You just have to come out and put together a new body of work every single week you play, and to do that you just have to sort of rely on your skills.”