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Justin Rose looking to defend US Open

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Justin Rose ended England's 43-year wait for a US Open winner last year when he triumphed at Merion in brilliant fashion.

The 33-year old is now hoping to become the first man in 25-years to retain the trophy. Curtis Strange was the last player to do this after his victories in 1988 and 1989 but Rose has every reason to believe he can achieve this feat.

The omens are there for Rose as the last player to win consecutive US Open before Strange was Ben Hogan whose first victory also came at Merion in 1950.

But it's Rose's form that's the main factor as to why he can retain the trophy. After a shoulder injury early in the season, he's improving with finishes of eighth, fifth and fourth on the PGA Tour and 25th in the recent BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

And Rose is driven by the determination of adding more major titles to his solitary victory to date.

"I've enjoyed the year of being US Open champion, but I really feel motivated now to move on from that and to win more golf tournaments and especially majors," Rose told Sky Sports. "So it's time to make special memories and new memories and create new goals.

"You have the elation of the first win and then the Open rolls around and you have missed the cut and there's another major champion crowned.

"I have young children at home and it did not seem to have any impact on them. You are still doing bed and breakfast time. When you fast forward to the end of your career that's when you can really look back."

Son Leon and daughter Charlotte won't be travelling to the Pinehurst course to support their father as he competes in the year's second major championship. But Rose is satisfied that he isn't occupied with parenting duties during the event.

"If you are in contention you are teeing off at 2.30 in the afternoon and the kids are up at 7am no matter what. Once the kids are up, it is very difficult for you to be detached from them. I think I am going to treat it the same way as I did last time and that means leaving the kids at home."

The US Open was last held at the Pinehurst course in 2005 as Rose failed to qualify for the event. But nine years on, he believes that his game is capable of adjusting to some of the toughest course on the PGA Tour. 

"Obviously if you are a defending champion at Augusta, it's probably a mental challenge more than anything. But in the other majors you have to learn a whole new golf course and I think that's important," Rose added.

"My preparation's going to be key. It's about developing and designing a game plan that you believe will hold up over 72 holes that you can execute that suits your game and that will produce the winning score. That's what I did at Merion. I produced a game plan to shoot even par and that held up so I need to do the same at Pinehurst.

"I just feel like the US Open test in a sense suits my game. I like to play the tough golf courses. Typically that's when I've done my best relative to the field. It's the kind of golf I like to play where you can go out and shoot a good score but par is still a good number."

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