Putting out to close his final round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, Rose made his putt – with the cup in the same location as Payne’s fateful 15-footer in 1999 – and then struck the famous Payne Stewart pose, which is immortalized in bronze just a few steps away from No. 2’s 18th green. (CLICK THIS. SERIOUSLY. IT’S THE CUTEST THING EVER.)
This was no surprise coming from Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open Champion. Consider what happened during a pre-U.S. Open practice round on Monday, June 2.
Playing with legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae, and his own caddie, Rose stepped off the first green and headed for the second tee nearby.
Just then, the Village Chapel, just across the street from No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, began to chime on the hour. The song? “God Save the Queen.”
Rose and his caddie, both Brits, immediately stopped. They turned toward the chimes, removed their caps, placed their hands over their hearts…AND SANG.
Pinehurst Caddiemaster Jimmy Smith was with the group, and witnessed the moment. Unfortunately, his phone was on his desk in the caddyshack, charging.
“It would’ve been the greatest video,” Smith said.
No worries, Jimmy. Now we’ve got this one.