While there are still holes to be played and potential mistakes to be made, it appears Justin Rose might break the 54-hole curse that has plagued the leaders at recent events. Rose made two bogeys to open up the back nine, but with five holes to play, he holds a two-stroke lead over Charlie Wi and Ryan Moore (Go Ryan!).
Should Rose hang on for his second win in three starts, it’ll be hard to conjure up a more heartwarming reading courtesy of Jim Nantz than last time. (By the way, the video I posted was taken down by YouTube because of a copyright complaint, but it appears Deadspin isn’t violating them?)
There are a couple of routes Nantz can take with his Rose tribute, though.
*It’s the Fourth of July — hence, “Rose, White and Blue.” Or another option is, “The Fourth of July has taken on a Rosey complexion.”
*Rose is British and it’ll be somewhat ironic for him to win on US soil on the day Americans celebrate their independence from the Brits.
*Nantz has already gone with the rose-themed lyrics, so if he’d like to continue this tradition unlike any other. Here’s a suggestion — Ramblin’ Rose by Nat King Cole.
And here’s a sampling of the lyrics.
Ramblin’ rose, ramblin’ rose
Why you ramble, no one knows
Wild and wind-blown, that’s how you’ve grown
Who can cling to a ramblin’ rose?
Ramble on, ramble on
When your ramblin’ days are gone
Who will love you with a love true
When your ramblin’ days are through?
It’s not quite as fitting or tear-jerking as Bette Midler’s The Rose. But if you listen to Ramblin’ Rose, it sounds right up Nantz’s alley. (It’s actually a great song.)
Or, if Nantz wants to throw us a curveball, he can wax lyrical with Rose’s theme song from the Titanic. Sentimental!
And there’s the Rule of Rose theme song, which is a little morbid, but more important, it’s impassioned.
Finally, if Nantz wants to throw us a curveball, he could go with the Grateful Dead’s Ramble on Rose.
Finally, he could read a poem/song, like A Rose Bud, which is a traditional Scottish song (yes, I realize Scottish and British are different, but I mean, Scotland is part of the UK…), which Robert Burns wrote in 1787. Can’t you just hear Nantz crooning the words?
A rose-bud, by my early walk
Adown a corn-enclosèd bawk,
Sae gently bent its thorny stalk,
All on a dewy morning.
Ere twice the shades o’ dawn are fled,
In a’ its crimson glory spread,
And drooping rich the dewy head,
It scents the early morning.
Of all the options, what’s your bet? Drop your best Nantz impression of which direction he’ll take with his inevitable pun-filled Rose tribute.