SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Royal Birkdale is where it all began for Justin Rose.
Now, there’s a Lego scene to prove it.
Rose was a slight 17-year-old golfer wearing a baggy red sweater and a wide smile when he produced one of the British Open’s iconic moments in 1998, holing out from 45 yards for eagle at the 72nd hole to secure a tie for fourth place.
He was the talk of Birkdale that week. Even trash-collector girls stopped working to get a glimpse at the English amateur making a run at the claret jug on home turf.
It was a summer that defined him, and still does in many ways.
One of the first places he sought out when arriving for a practice round at the course last week was that piece of rough to the left of the fairway on No. 18, where he holed the shot of a lifetime.
Days later, the moment was recreated in Lego form and got the attention of Rose’s kids and his three-year-old nephew, Billy.
“You see them watch it and see them so impressed,” Rose said. “It’s a Lego scene, that’s how you know it was a cool achievement.”
Rose looks back at that moment and that particular British Open…