Looks like I was wrong. The intense physical and mental exertion combined with the hoopla of winning the 2013 U.S. Open didn’t really have that much of a negative impact on Justin Rose after all. If he was struggling, he certainly didn’t show it on the golf course at the first round of the Travelers Championship where he carded a three under par 67. That score puts him six shots off of Charley Hoffman’s lead after one round. His scorecard lit up with six birdies, but three of those were offset by bogeys.
“I had a sluggish four or five holes where I struggled, but I stayed patient,” he said. “I’ve stayed sort of committed to the same things that worked so well for me last week. That was my goal today, really.” I can’t even imagine what the first round of competitive golf must be like after winning a major championship. “The announcement on the first tee today, being announced as the 2013 U.S. Open champion, I couldn’t help but smile before I hit my first tee shot,” Rose said. “That’s an achievement that I’ve been dreaming about.”
It had to put his mind at ease once he unleashed his first tee shot. Finishing the round with a respectable score of three under par was likely a nice bonus for Rose. I didn’t give him much of a shot, especially early on this week. Part of it had to with everything he went through at the U.S. Open and part of it was because of the media blitz that ensued almost immediately after his victory last week. He has handled himself like the consummate professional that he is, however.
Now he just has to put together a few more rounds in the mid-60s if he wants to have any hope of catching Hoffman or Hunter Mahan.