Justin Rose will always be known as the teenager who holed out at The Open in 1998 to announce his place on the world stage as an amateur yet, aged 43, Rose has had to come to terms with becoming a veteran after a rich career with Major success, an Olympic gold, World No.1 status and more.
It is precisely all this experience, as well as his excellent run of results, which has earned Rose a place in Europe’s side as a captain’s pick under Luke Donald for his sixth appearance in the competition.
“Some players say the Ryder Cup is the greatest week of your life, win or lose,” Rose said. “That’s rubbish. They are actually awful if you lose. I don’t enjoy losing.”
This mentality helped Rose memorably come from behind to beat Phil Mickelson in the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012 on the final day in the singles. However, although Rose possesses bags of experience in the clash with the Americans, he doesn’t intend to ram it down team mates’ throats.
“I’ve thought about my role for sure,” Rose reflected at the BMW PGA Championship following his final round. “I do come in with a lot of experience. But it’s not a role I want to push on any of the younger lads. It needs to be natural and organic. I don’t want to install my views on the others if it is not how they see things.
“They need to come to me. But if they do, I’m more than happy to dive into that role. Having said that, the youngsters today do seem to be a little bit more self-assured than generations past. So it is best to let them freewheel. My role is really to get comfortable with them and be there for them if required.”
Rose was one of six captain’s picks by Donald alongside Ludvig Aberg , Tommy Fleetwood, Sepp Straka, Shane Lowry and Nicolai Hojgaard, with all of the side in action at Wentworth in the BMW PGA Championship.
Rose, who finished tied 36th at five-under, was part of the squad who headed to Marco Simone Golf and Country Club on Monday with the rest of the team before playing…