Rose ready for US Open defence

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Justin Rose might have to clean the US Open trophy before he returns it next week, but the first Englishman to lift it since 1970 already has his sights set on getting it back.

Rose held off Phil Mickelson and Jason Day to win his maiden major title at Merion last year, dedicating his emotional victory on Father's Day to his late father Ken.

The 33-year-old has loved every minute of being US Open champion since - including displaying the trophy on the first tee at Wentworth for this week's BMW PGA Championship - and is now plotting a successful title defence at Pinehurst from June 12-15.

''I think it gets FedEx'ed after this week,'' Rose said of the trophy. ''I'm not sure I get my hands on it again so it's time to think about winning it now.

''The best place it's been has been in my house because I enjoy it every day. I walk past it as it sits on the piano in the living room.

''About a week or two ago I put it on the dresser that we have in our bedroom. I thought we're getting to the last few weeks so I'm going to really try and enjoy it now. Basically every morning I woke up and I would see it.

''My son Leo ate some ice cream out of it. He was the first to Christen the trophy. I had not even had a drink but he had some ice cream out of it and we got some great video; I think will last a lifetime, and some great memories. And it holds five bottles of champagne, just FYI.

''I think the biggest perk of winning was sitting in the Royal Box at Wimbledon and seeing Andy Murray win there. That was a pretty special occasion.''

Rose was hampered by a shoulder injury earlier in the season but has since rediscovered his top form, finishing eighth, fifth and fourth in his last three events on the PGA Tour.

''I feel like there's more to squeeze out of my game, too,'' the world number eight added. ''I feel that the next couple of weeks I can progress even more and if that translates into wins, that would be fantastic.

''It would be great to win heading into Pinehurst, but at the same time I feel like my game is in good shape to put up a good title defence there.''

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