Justin Rose brutally chunks shot at US Open (Video)

Justin-RoseFortunately for Justin Rose, it is only Thursday. The reigning US Open champion is defending his trophy at Pinehurst this week, and the opening round didn’t go all that poorly for him. The pitch shot he tried to hit on the 8th hole, however, did not go well.

Rose was trying to finesse the ball up onto the green, but he ended up chunking it. He looked exactly like I look when I play in my local golf league on Wednesdays, so I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a laugh out of it. Rose hit a similar shot earlier in the year from about 100 yards out, so he has a tendency to make that mistake from time to time.

Watching the pros hit spectacular shots is entertaining. Watching them hit horrible shots is encouraging.

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Justin Rose hit a shot that will make casual golfers feel great (Video)

Justin-Rose-awful-shotAs someone who greatly enjoys golfing and is not very good at it, watching the PGA usually reminds me of all the inefficiencies in my game. But every once in a while, a player like Justin Rose comes along and proves that the professionals are capable of embarrassing themselves too.

Rose hit one of the worst shots you’ll ever see at a PGA event during the final round of the Valspar Championship on Sunday. He was just over 100 yards out and hit the ball fat, and it wound up going about 20 yards in front of him. For once in my life, I can confidently say I could have hit a better shot than a pro did.

Rose was in the hunt heading into Sunday, but shots like the one you see above led to a disappointing final round score of 74. Hey, at least it wasn’t the Masters.

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Justin Rose’s shoes dedicated to his children

Justin Rose shoes

Justin Rose was all about the family on Sunday. Not only did he keep his deceased father in mind after winning the US Open at Merion Golf Club, Rose also showed off his shoes that were specially dedicated to his children, Leo and Lottie.

Rose’s shoes have his initials “JR” embroidered on the side, and a tag on the heel embroidered with the names of his children. Leo was born in February 2009, and Lottie was born last year.

Appearing in front of NBC’s cameras, Rose gave a special message to his children.

“Love you Leo, love you Lottie. Happy Father’s Day. Thanks for making me such a proud dad,” Rose said.

Rose was also emotional on Sunday thinking of his father, Ken, who died in 2002. His father was an instrumental figure in his golfing career, and there was special meaning for Rose to win his first major on Father’s Day.

Justin Rose cries in memory of late father at US Open (Video)

Justin Rose cryingJustin Rose shot 1-over par and beat Phil Mickelson and Jason Day by two strokes to win the 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club on Sunday for his first career major.

After making a putt on the 18th hole to solidify his final round score of 70, the Englishman pointed to the sky and became emotional as he was thinking of his late father. Rose’s father, Ken, died of cancer in 2002 at the age of 57. He was a big influence on his son’s golf career and even served as his caddie at times.

Rose has won five times on both the PGA and European Tour. He dedicated his first career victory — a win at the Dunhill Championship in South Africa — to his father, who was ill at the time.

“My dad’s not so well and he is the guy I owe most to,” Rose said at the time, via Golf Today.

“He’s put a lot of time, a lot of hours into my game. This win is for him more than anybody.”

Rose said after winning the US Open that he had his father in mind upon winning on Father’s Day.

“It wasn’t lost on me that today is Father’s Day,” Rose told NBC’s Bob Costas. “A lot of us come from great men and we have that responsibility to our children to show them what a great man can be, and that was my goal today — to carry myself in a way that I could be proud when I came off the golf course.

“For it all to work out for me on such an emotional day, I just couldn’t help but to look up to the heavens and think that my old dad Ken had something to do with it.”

Rose also gave special recognition to Mickelson, the runner-up, for attending his daughter’s graduation the night before the first round of the tournament.