Since securing victory at the 2013 U.S. Open it has been a whirlwind tour for Justin Rose. He spent the night after the tournament out with family and friends and has been making the talk show circuit ever since. All of that is going to be have to put on hold, however, as he has a golf tournament to play this week.
Somewhat surprisingly, Rose committed to playing this week’s Travelers Championship in the wake of the first U.S. Open win by an Englishman in 43 years and the first major championship for one since Nick Faldo won the Masters in 1996. I don’t expect much from Rose this week in terms of performance on the course, but I don’t think he’s too concerned with where he finishes this week. It almost seems as if he agreed to play this week as more of a professional courtesy than anything.
He’s flying high right now – as well he should be – but once the adrenaline starts to wear off and he begins the descent out of the clouds, Rose is going to be racked with physical and mental exhaustion. That generally doesn’t translate to solid performance on the golf course – even a shorter track like TPC River Highlands. The field isn’t exactly soft this week, boasting six of the top 20 players in the world. Rose will be joined by Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson and fellow countrymen Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.
Clearly, as a professional Rose wants to perform up to his personal standards. I won’t blame him if he doesn’t exactly shine, though. I think he deserves a pass for at least this week.