Just under two decades ago, Justin Rose lined up his third shot on the par-four 18th in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. The 17-year-old amateur was already putting on a show, just two shots behind Tiger Woods in the final round and on his way to finishing fifth in the field.
But he wouldn’t finish fifth, he would finish t-4 in part to one of the loudest and most memorable Open Championship shots in history.
You have to love the announcer talking about how in high school, the kids Rose’s age were nervous asking girls out on dates. But here you have Rose, not technically a man yet, with ice running through his veins.
Rose may have not won the ’98 Open Championship, but a type of shot like this will make you forget who actually did win. For the record it was Mark O’Meara who beat Brian Watts in a playoff to capture the Claret Jug.
On Monday, Rose found his spot during a practice round for this year’s British Open. The now 36-year-old decided to recreate the shot from 1998.
The Golf Channel’s Instagram got in on the fun as well, notice how they nail all the little details of the original shot.
2017 will be the 10th time Royal Birkdale has hosted the British Open. The last time was 2008 when Padraig Harrington won the event for the second year in a row. Last year’s winner Henrik Stenson will look to do the same this year, but he is not the favorite.
According to Vegas Insider, Rory Mcilroy has the best odds at 10/1. Stenson, Rose, Hideki Matsuyama, and Masters champion Sergio Garcia all share 25/1 odds of winning the tournament.
Rose has not won a Major since the 2013 U.S. Open, and his last PGA Tour win came in 2015 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Perhaps he can turn back the clock to 1998 and recreate some of the magic that put him on the map.