Jun
17
2013
Win US Open, you must: Rose channeled wisdom of Yoda at Merion
By Conor Nagle under US Open
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Yoda: Jedi knight and pro bono sports psychologist.

Sifting through the post-Merion chatter, Geoff Shackelford happened upon a strange anecdote from Golf Digest’s Tim Rosaforte. It seems Justin Rose might well have had another reason for gazing affectionately to the skies yesterday evening:

“As he prepared last week at Lake Nona for the 113th U.S. Open, Justin Rose did more than beat balls, work out and review his game plan for Merion. He watched a YouTube download of The Empire Strikes Back. The scene that sport psychologist Gio Valiante wanted Rose to absorb was Yoda’s famous discussion with Luke Skywalker. ‘I wanted him to know he was ready,’ Valiante said Sunday from his home in Orlando. ‘That he was finally mature enough to come into his own.'”

Money in the bank, Gio; money in the bank.

The scene in question:

Conor Nagle