That city is Philadelphia and venue for this week’s BMW Championship and the third event of the lucrative FedEx Cup ‘Play-Off’ Series.
Philadelphia is known affectionately as the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ or ‘The Cradle of Liberty’ and it is where you will find a statue of the fictional Rocky Balboa of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky movies and it is the city also immortalised by Elton John in his hit song ‘Philadelphia Freedom’.
The city is also special to Rose having captured the 2010 AT & T National and his second of now nine PGA Tour successes on this week’s host Aronimink GC.
Just seven miles away is Merion GC and where Rose brilliantly captured the 2013 US Open.
But then that was all of a respective eigth and five years ago as Rose rightfully points out.
“The golf course doesn’t know it this week, you can never kind of count on past victories or past performances but absolutely, I think there’s always a bit of a feel-good factor when you come back to an area, you enjoy it, invokes good memories but obviously as of tomorrow it’s all about doing a job,” said Rose.
And it led to Rose being asked if he’s returned to Merion since his 2013 triumph.
“I’m actually a member of Merion, being back every year since. I try to make a trip every year just with some friends and walk down memory lane and the first time I went back I think I went back with about 8, 10 friends and the just had a good couple days and played Pine Valley,” he said.
“Guys from the UK made it a bit of a golf trip. That was fun. They all came dressed in my final round outfit, white trousers, blue shirt. Slightly embarrassing but it was fun.
“I wore something different. They had everything ready for me hung up in a locker.
“That’s what you’re wearing.” It was a bit of a recreation. The club stuck the pin back left where it was for us on Sunday. Made it a special memory and it was fun to experience that with all of my close friends I’ve grown up since I was a young boy.
“But, you know, I enjoy going back every year. I like to do it after the FedExCup, in October for me that’s the favorite time of year to play golf. Fall golf is nothing better for me especially up here in the Northeast. It reminds me sweater weather. That’s how I love to play golf.
“It also reminds me of how I grew up playing golf in the UK. I try to do it once a year. Trickier now with the course being renovated.”
Rose, and as currently No. 3 on the FedEx Cup points table, tees-up in the opening round of the $US 9m BMW Championship alongside No. 1 Bryson DeChambeau and No. 2 Dustin Johnson.