I’m not sure when Justin Rose stood on the 18th tee Sunday afternoon at The US Open, he knew that the next shot he hit would completely change his life, but it did. With only a one-shot lead over four-time Major Champion Phil Mickelson, and up and coming star Jason Day, the 32 year-old Englishman hit a drive that split the fairway and put him in the record books with Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and Lee Trevino. Now he finds himself in the media storm that is New York City.
Rose is entered in The Travelers Championship this week, but had to take time on Monday and Tuesday to take the whirl-wind Media Blitz tour through New York City that included all the stops that would be afforded a Super Bowl winner, NBA Championship Team, or NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion.
He started Tuesday morning with Morning Joe, and continued through the streets of Manhattan with his new trophy in hand, somewhat like a Stanley Cup, to the Today Show, and a tour of The New York Stock Exchange. Then it was on to a session with the cast at Squawk on the Street.
His day ended on Dave Letterman’s Late Show reading the top ten list of things you can do with a Wicker Basket, the top ten things he lost in the rough at Merion, and the top ten things golfers were calling Merion after four days of playing at the monster.
Wednesday morning included an interview with Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams on The Weather Channel. He answered questions about the weather at Merion, and it’s effect on the golf course along with questions about his father who passed in 2002.
He caught a flight to Cromwell, Connecticut where he will participate in the Wednesday ProAm ahead of a berth in The Travelers Championship which kicks off on Thursday morning. Maybe he will find some time along the way to get some rest, and work on his golf game. Then…maybe not!
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