Erin - Justin Rose believes he is ready for more Father's
Day glory at the US Open after slowly recovering his form after his nail-biting
Masters defeat to Sergio Garcia.
The 36-year-old Englishman's results have taken a dip since
his playoff defeat to Garcia in April, with a missed cut and a share of 65th
place at The Players Championship followed by a tie for 12th at the BMW PGA
But the 2016 Olympic champion is adamant that his game is
starting to click once more as he looks ahead to this week's US Open at Erin
Hills - four years after his victory in the tournament at Merion.
"Since (Augusta) it's obviously been nothing to really
write home about," Rose said on Tuesday.
"But I do feel like I'm beginning to trend into this
tournament. So although the results might not be there to kind of back that up,
I feel good about where the week can go for me from here."
The US Open usually falls at an emotional time for Rose on
Father's Day weekend, bringing back memories of his dad Ken, who died from
cancer when the golfer was 21.
He dedicated his 2013 victory to his late father and in 2015
played the final round with Ken's name stitched onto his golf bag.
Reflecting on his win four years ago, Rose said he regards
the fact that it fell on Father's Day as a "huge gift."
"My dad passed away when I was 21, but he was very much
in my thoughts the whole weekend, and that alone made it a special Father's
Day," Rose told reporters.
"You always think about them, the loved ones that you
lost, but time is also a healer and life goes on. But that weekend I felt so
incredibly connected to him, which is the one thing I look back on my US Open
win and I'm most thankful for - giving me that moment of connection, the really
deep connection again."
Another victory on Father's Day this week would be equally
special for Rose, a father-of-two.
"It's sort of generational, right? I tried to play golf
how my dad taught me to," he said. "And I try to play golf in a way
that my kids can look up to. So it's always a good reminder for me to try to be
my best and to be a good role model for my children but also make my dad proud.
So from that point of view, it's a special day.
"If you are in contention and things go your way, it's
a beautiful way of being rewarded professionally."