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Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Justin Rose  (Getty Images)
Justin Rose (Getty Images)

Justin Rose arrives at Shinnecock Hills feeling fresh and excited as he prepares to launch his bid for a second US Open title.

Rose claimed the only Major Championship win of his career so far when Merion Golf Club hosted this event in 2013.

The World Number Three heads to New York in sparkling form but well-rested, having taken a week off after following up victory in the Fort Worth Invitational with a joint-sixth finish at the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour.

The 37 year old missed the cut when Shinnecock Hills last played host to the US Open in 2004 but after seeing the New York venue in a different light when he returned six years ago, he is looking forward to teeing it up this week.

I'm coming in here off a little break to freshen up. That's what you need to be at a US Open - you need to be mentally fresh - Justin Rose

Rose said: "I'm really excited about Shinnecock this week.

"I did play in 2004 and didn't have the fondest of memories of the place but that actually changed in 2012, I believe it was. 

"I came back here and just played with a couple of members and saw the course more width-wise, as we're seeing this week, and it completely changed my impression of the whole golf course.

"It went from being not a very fun experience to actually, 'Wow, now I see why it's one of the top-rated golf courses in the world'. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

"So I came here with a changed approach, I suppose, and an attitude towards the place, and I've really enjoyed my practice.

"I did what I usually do. I came here last week, spent some days here when it was nice and quiet - on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I think it's the best time to learn a golf course. 

"There's a lot to learn out here but it kind of boils down to hitting it in the middle of the green, and that's easier said than done on this golf course."

Rose's latest win saw him finish three shots clear of defending US Open Champion Brooks Koepka at Colonial after he posted a closing 64.

The Englishman was pleased with how he performed under pressure on Sunday in Texas.

He said: "It was nice to play very strong golf on the weekend at Fort Worth, nice to finish off with a 64 on Sunday. 

"When my game was tested, it was still holding up pretty well.

"I had a little run. I felt like I had a good opportunity at the Memorial to go back-to-back. Unfortunately, I didn't play that well on the weekend but was still in touch really with a few holes to go.

"I'm coming in here off a little break to freshen up. That's what you need to be at a US Open - you need to be mentally fresh. 

"I feel like I've done a good job with that over the last week."

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