Justin Rose insists the US Open is tougher mentally than any other major tournament in golf.
Featuring in a series of videos with some of the world’s greatest players, the Englishman spoke to TaylorMade about his victory at Merion Golf Club in 2013 to secure his first major title.
Rose’s win was the first for an English-born golfer since Nick Faldo took home the green jacket at the 1996 Masters.
And he had to beat off competition from Phil Mickelson and Jason Day to take home the US Open title by two strokes in Pennsylvania.
Rose is at Chambers Bay in Washington this week looking to build on an impressive Masters showing in April and when speaking to the golf manufacturer, he commented on how much players need to be prepared mentally to get success.
Rose reflected on his victory two years ago and said:
I felt very, very focused all week long.
Stuck to a game plan, stuck to a discipline really on the golf course.
The US Open tests you mentally more than any other tournament.
I accepted that Merion was the kind of course that would tempt you into mistakes and obviously I made my fair share.
But I felt like it was one of the cleanest mental performances I’ve ever given on a golf course.
To come away with a victory makes me feel satisfied about all the work I put in pre-tournament.
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Rose is among a strong group of players hoping to get the major win when the US Open kicks off on Thursday.