OAKMONT, Pa. -- Justin Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion, looked fit as he walked to the practice putting green at Oakmont Country Club Tuesday afternoon. It's a start.
Rose will attempt to play in the 116th U.S. Open after withdrawing from what are two important tournaments to him because of a back injury that actually cropped up at The Players.
The 36-year-old Englishman, who won his only major title thus far at Merion, had to skip the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, a home game, and the Memorial Tournament, where he won his first PGA Tour title in 2010.
"Yeah, I hated to have to miss those, but I am getting better," Rose said outside Oakmont's clubhouse.
Asked to rate his level of health, he grinned and said, "I'm 100 percent."
He paused and then added, grinning again, "You can read between the lines."