New York: Justin Rose is relishing returning to a traditional US Open venue as he aims to be the last man standing for the second time in four years.
England golfer Justin Rose has his eyes on the US Open prize. Pic/AFP
Since Rose claimed his first major title with a winning total of one over par at Merion in 2013, champion Martin Kaymer finished nine under at Pinehurst in 2014 and Jordan Spieth was five under at Chambers Bay 12 months ago.
But with Spieth himself predicting "the hardest test in all of golf" when Oakmont stages the US Open for a record ninth time next week, the winning score is expected to be around level par or worse.
Angel Cabrera's winning total was five over par when Oakmont last staged the championship in 2007, when Rose finished in a tie for 10th on 11 over after a disappointing 76 in the final round. "I remember it being a classic old course, incredibly difficult, bunkers being amazingly deep," said Rose.
"Ball striking is at a premium like most US Opens. Obviously there has been some varying set ups of late in the US Open, but this is back to the traditional type golf course.
It's a tournament that I am really relishing and looking forward to. I feel like it's a course that could suit me. I feel like most US Open courses suit the way I try to go about things and all eyes are on that prize right now."