Justin Rose: I have a lot to offer ‘transitioning’ European Ryder Cup team

Justin Rose believes he has plenty to offer the European Ryder Cup team if selected by Captain Luke Donald this coming September.

Rose, who failed to qualify for the 2021 Ryder Cup, recently claimed his first win in four years at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to bolster his chances of selection.

The 42-year-old now lies 10th in the World Points Qualification List so would still require a Captain’s Pick as things stands, but his latest PGA Tour victory puts him in a strong position for selection.

“The Ryder Cup is a thrill to compete in,” Rose told Worldwide Golf. “It’s an event you only want to be at if you’re playing well.

“I was really disappointed not to make the team for Whistling Straits, but moreso would have been disappointed if I had made the team and not been able to contribute any points because ultimately that’s the goal.

“That’s really my focus now, be there and be a part of the team room because I will have a lot to offer if I can be there in a playing capacity.

“Every great team needs a blend of experience and youth. I think the European team is transitioning so in some sense that’s fantastic, but you do need one or two heads who have been round the block to help out.”

Rose's latest PGA Tour win was his first in four years
Rose’s latest PGA Tour win was his first in four years

The Englishman also revealed he had a keen eye on the January’s Hero Cup which saw Continental Europe beat GB&I 14.5 – 10.5.

“I really wanted to be a part of it,” added Rose. “But I knew I had to get my head down this year in knocking off a couple of goals in terms of getting my PGA Tour season up and running so I can focus on some DP World Tour events at the back end of the season.

“I think the players and Luke loved it, which is the most important thing. I feel like that ignited that memory of team golf and the passion about representing something more than just yourself.

“There was a lot of rivalry that week between the two teams, and it really created strong bond right across the European team.”

The 2023 Ryder Cup will be held at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club on September 29 – 1 October.

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