Jack Nicklaus never achieved it, Tiger Woods was the last to do it and only six of the greatest players ever have, but that will not stop Justin Rose from looking to join an exclusive club next week.
Bobby Jones (twice), Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and Woods are the only men to have won the US Open and Open Championship in the same year, something Rose would love to emulate at Muirfield.
“I’ve thought about it, yeah,” Rose said. “That would be great.
“I think I did such a good job preparing mentally and physically for the US Open that it’s going to be tough for me; my goal basically is to make sure I’m sharp and ready for Muirfield.”
Until last year, Rose’s best finish in a major championship had been a share of fourth place as a 17-year-old amateur in the Open at Birkdale in 1998.
Technically he surpassed that when third in the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, although he was a distant nine shots behind runaway winner McIlroy and had contended more realistically on several occasions at the Masters.
But all that paled into insignificance in last month’s US Open, when the 32-year-old survived the daunting test posed by Merion to become the first English winner of the title since Tony Jacklin in 1970 and first of any major since Nick Faldo in the 1996 US Masters.
“To win a major championship and to win the US Open is a moment you really hope is going to happen in your career,” said Rose, who came from two shots behind Mickelson on the final day, and carded a closing round of 70 – enough to win by two from the American and Australia’s Jason Day.
“And I say hope, because there have been so many great players throughout the course of history that haven’t quite managed to have everything happen for them that one week.
“It’s something I’ve been working towards, it’s something I’ve dreamed of and to have it finally happen was amazing. I’ve been a pro 15 years, but probably only in the last two years felt ready for that moment.”
Rose had turned professional the day after his breakthrough at Birkdale, but admitted recently that he was thrust into the spotlight a little earlier than planned.
A depressing streak of 21 missed cuts in succession duly followed, but eventually he got to grips with life in the paid ranks and by 2007 finished the year as European number one.
But it was not until last year’s Ryder Cup that he became truly convinced that he was good enough to win a major title, his dramatic singles win over Mickelson in the ’Miracle at Medinah’ particularly important.
“I think last September with the Ryder Cup, and then the World Golf final in Turkey where I played (Lee) Westwood and I played Tiger and managed to come out on top in a very good field, where when I thought I could win a major,” Rose added.
“I made putts when I really needed to in these matches and I pulled out shots when I really needed to. And in Dubai at the end of last year, I shot 62 on Sunday and made almost a miracle two-putt down the green on the 18th to I thought win the tournament.
“Rory birdied the last five to pip me but again, I stepped up when I needed to hit the shot. That’s where my confidence developed to enable me to get it done last month. It’s definitely been a slow, slow journey and it’s taken its time, but it feels great to have gotten there.
“You never know if it’s going to happen for you. You think you’re good enough, you can tell yourself you’re good enough, you can tell yourself you’re ready and you can believe you’re ready, but until it really happens, you just don’t know.
“So now having had that experience and having had that confidence in myself, I feel like I can stand up, put one foot in front of another, make good swing after good swing in that environment.”