Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Golf champ Rose shows off trophy

Justin Rose paid tribute to his late father after winning the US Open of Father's Day

US Open winner Justin Rose has proudly shown off his new trophy after becoming the first English golfer to take the title in more than four decades.

The 32-year-old, who has received an outpouring of praise for his first major win, thanked fans for their support.

Alongside a picture of his trophy in the centre of a dining table surrounded by champagne flutes, he tweeted: "Time to enjoy an amazing day!! Thanks for the support guys..."

His win poignantly came on Father's Day, and after tapping the ball into the final hole of the tournament Rose raised his fingers to the sky in recognition of his father Ken, who died from leukaemia in 2002 and had a massive influence on his career.

"What a day," an emotional Rose said, following the four-day tournament at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania.

"It wasn't lost on me that today is Father's Day. I think a lot of us came from great men and we have the responsibility to them to show them what great men can be.

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

Thousands of people took to social media to congratulate the father-of-two, who has become the first Englishman to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970 - 10 years before Rose was born.

Among the praise was the last English winner of a major, Sir Nick Faldo, who triumphed at the US Masters in 1996.

Referring to the many competitions which have since passed without being claimed by an English golfer, he tweeted: "68 Majors and moons and moons since...since! #Englishgolfers. Congratulations @JustinRose99 US Open Champ "Good/great golfing today"!"

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