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Rose hopes for English domination

ESPN staff
June 18, 2013

US Open champion Justin Rose hopes his Merion victory will inspire more English players to win major championships.

Previous to Rose, the last Englishman to win America's national championship was Tony Jacklin in 1970, while Nick Faldo was the last to win a major when he triumphed at the Masters in 1996.

The likes of Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter have threatened in majors since Faldo slipped on the green jacket, and Rose believes his compatriots will join him in stepping up to the plate in the sport's four biggest competitions.

"There's been a very strong crop of English players for quite some time now, with myself, Westwood and then Poulter as well," Rose, who admitted his US Open win was inspired by good friend Adam Scott, said. "Paul Casey was up there for a good while and is probably going to make a comeback.

"I really hope it does inspire them. I think it was always going to be matter of time before one of us broke through. It was just going to be who and I always hoped it was going to be me to be the first, obviously.

"But I really hope that it has broken the spell and the guys can continue to win some for themselves."

But while Rose wants his contemporaries to start lifting majors, the 32-year-old is not giving up on winning more of his own just yet.

"I think that winning makes you hungry to do it again because it just feels so darn good," Rose added. "As a professional golfer, most of us lose 90 per cent of the time.

"Winning just makes you realise and reminds you about why you practice hard and why you play the game. It's not necessarily the trophy that feels so great, it's knowing that you've answered the doubts in your own head, you've answered the questions, you've taken on the challenge and you've risen to it.

"Those feelings of self-accomplishment are great in the moment and I think that that's what inspires you to try and win more golf tournaments.

"I committed myself to the process this week. I committed myself to putting a strategy in place that I hoped would work in five to 10 years in delivering major championships.

"And to strike on that feeling the first week out, the first time I tried and tested it, to come out with the silverware feels absolutely amazing.

"The silverware and the history books are phenomenal, but it's about learning about yourself and how you can handle it. You wonder if you can handle it and when you realise you can, you want to experience that feeling again and again and again."

The last Englishman to win the Open Championship, which starts on July 18, was also Faldo, 1992, while no one from England has ever won the US PGA Championship.

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