Will Justin Rose Rise to the Occasion?
The occasion in question of course, is the Open Championship.
It'll be contested next week at Royal Birkdale and that's what makes it so significant for Justin Rose. As some golf fans may remember, exactly ten years ago Mr. Rose had a fairytale week on the fabled course in the north west of England.
He was just 17 that summer, and during the magical week he was embraced by the crowd and made to feel like a champion... the way it happens when a kid unexpectedly breaks into contention for a major.
One of my favorite golf writers, Jason Sobel, tells the post-Open story, of the ups and many downs that followed for Justin, including 21 cuts in row after Royal Birkdale. Now however, Justin Rose is back up there ready to contend again...ready to win.
I took these photographs a couple of weeks ago at the Traveler's Championship. He's an exciting player to watch, and it would be wonderful to see him do well at the course where he made magic a decade ago.
Photographs © Golf Girl Media