Seventeen years on, the world number three goes into the year's first major championship as one of the favourites to claim a first Green Jacket and become the first English winner of any major since Faldo benefited from Greg Norman's infamous collapse.
"I would have been watching the '96 Masters back home in Fleet, Hampshire in the front room with the family," Rose said ahead of Thursday's first round at Augusta National.
"Very impressionable age, 15, I would have been a plus-two handicap, so really wanting and knowing I was going to be a pro golfer I guess. I still remember watching that.
"Obviously Faldo and Norman and Seve (Ballesteros) were the three guys that I looked up to during my career, and that was just an amazing final day, watching it unfold, watching and trying to learn from it and just beginning to understand how important the mental side of the game was or is. That was probably the first time I really recognised that."
Just two years later Rose had to get to grips with the mental side of the game himself after finishing fourth in the 1998 Open Championship as a 17-year-old amateur, turning professional the next day and missing his first 21 cuts in the paid ranks.
Much has changed since then and Rose has had five other top 10s in major championships, two of them coming at Augusta with a share of fifth in 2007 and joint eighth 12 months ago.
In fact, Rose has either led or shared the lead in every round at the Masters except when it counts the most; after all 72 holes are completed.
"I've certainly had some great rounds of golf here, so I feel like it is a course that I can win on," added Rose, who was one shot behind eventual winner Zach Johnson in 2007 on the 17th tee in the final round, only to run up a double bogey six.
"I remember standing on the 17th tee having just birdied 16 and Tiger (Woods) hit a shot in on 16 close; just being involved in that tournament and just having a chance, I really felt like I was living my boyhood dreams. I felt very calm, very comfortable actually, in that situation, and I just remember really, really enjoying it.
"I didn't hit a particularly bad tee shot on 17, as I remember it. It was up the right side of the fairway and it hit one of those trees and I don't know how it finished where it did, it sort of ricocheted 70 yards back down the 15th.
"I managed to sort of mess it up from there, but for the most part I remember that being a very positive experience."
Woods and Rory McIlroy have dominated the golfing headlines this season for varying reasons, but Rose has recorded three top 10s in his last three starts in 2013 and is understandably in confident mood.
"There's nothing I feel like I can't do out there. It's just a matter of doing it," he added.
"That's the hard part, just showing up and hoping that all aspects of your game fall into place on that one week."