Rose wants U.S. Open trophy to return to him

Wed May 21, 2014 7:44am EDT
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By Michael Hann

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) - Justin Rose will be returning the U.S. Open trophy he won at Merion last year hoping it comes back to him again and he wants to boost his title defense with a first victory at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week.

Since becoming the first Englishman to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970, Rose has made the most of the trophy in his possession, showing it off when he can, and even letting his son eat ice cream out of it.

"I think it gets FedEx'ed after this week," Rose told reporters on Wednesday. "It's time to think about winning it now.

"About a week or two ago I put it on the dresser that we have in our bedroom. I thought, we're getting to the last few weeks I'm going to really stride and enjoy it now.

"Leo ate some ice cream out of it. He was the first to christen the trophy. I had not even had a drink but he had some ice cream out of it and we got some great video, I think will last a lifetime, and some great memories. It holds five bottles of champagne, just FYI."

With the US Open due to start at Pinehurst on June 12, Rose is aware that defending his title will be no easy feat having never swung a club at the re-developed North Carolina course.

But the world number eight, who said his preparation would be similar to that of Merion a year ago, does not believe his lack of Pinehurst experience would be a disadvantage as the tournament was last hosted there in 2005.

"I've never played Pinehurst, and I think guys who played in 2005 won't have as much of an advantage because of the course re-design," continued the 33-year-old.   Continued...

May 11, 2014; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Justin rose tees off on the 8th hole during the final round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports