Justin Rose dedicated his US Open victory at Merion to his late father Ken, who died from leukaemia in 2002. Rose clinched his first major title by two shots, becoming the first Englishman to win the US Open in 43 years.
Justin Rose, 2013 U.S. Open Champion:
“Yes, the look up to the heavens was absolutely for my dad. Father’s Day was not lost on me today. You don’t have opportunities to really dedicate a win to someone you love. And today was about him and being Father’s Day. I felt that it was just… I got a beautiful text that said go out and be the man your dad taught you to be and be the man that your kids can be proud and look up to. That’s how I tried to carry myself out there. My dad was the inspiration the whole day. I was trying to keep it together, obviously, because I didn’t want to be premature. Phil had two holes to play. But that was my time, the clouds had parted, it was kind of ironic. It was just a beautiful evening. And the way it worked out, I felt like I needed to do that.”
“This is an amazing feeling. It’s the golf that makes the silverware and the history books are phenomenal, but it’s about learning about yourself and how you can handle it. And you wonder if you can handle it. And then when you realise you can, you want to experience that feeling again and again and again. So the record books and the trophies, that’s all fantastic, but it’s almost that feeling of testing yourself and coming out on top is incredible.”Published 17 Jun 2013, 13:48 IST