Justin Rose produced remarkable poise and a Ben Hogan-like finish to win his first major title by two shots at the U.S. Open on Sunday, becoming the first Englishman to win the event in 43 years.
"Yeah, I've been striving my whole life really to win a major championship -- I've holed a putt to win a major championship hundreds of thousands of times on the putting green at home and preparing for this tournament, I dream about the moment of having a putt to win, pretty happy it was a two incher on the last, but that's as a professional golfer, I mean this is the pinnacle of the game, winning major championships, and to win the United States Open championship is, I guess in a way, very fitting of how my game has been the last couple of years, last year leading greens in regulation and this year sort of being number one, I think, in total driving coming into the week, I felt like this tournament really began to be on my radar as possibly the one major championship that would suit me the most," he said.
"I feel like I established a game plan that really held true for me and the way I prepared this week and the way everything played out, it just seems like it's just been a perfect week start to finish. Merion (Golf Club), I don't think anybody expected this golf course to hold up the way it did. I certainly didn't buy into the 62s and 14-under, but I figured that maybe 4, 5, 6-under par would be the winning total but it surprised everybody, and I'm just glad I was kind of the last man standing," he said.