Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rose Gets the Perfect Grounding for Major

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rose Gets the Perfect Grounding for Major

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Byline: Kevin Garside in Merion, Pennsylvania

IT MUST be a surprise to some across the pond when Justin Rose lines up for the opposition in the Ryder Cup. A fixture on the PGA Tour, a Florida resident with an accent pitched somewhere between Basingstoke and Baltimore, Rose fits easily the profile of the modern American golfer. Some at Merion this week will assume he is just that when he strides out at the US Open alongside Matt Kuchar and Brand Snedeker in the opening two rounds.

It is only when he is immersed in the once familiar rhythms along the Hampshire/Surrey borders that he is reminded just how important the old country is to his golfing well-being and how valuable his recent reconnection might be as he resumes the pursuit of a maiden victory at the second Major of the season.

Rose arrived at the BMW PGA last month on the back of a missed cut at the Players Championship, his first failure of the year. At Wentworth he needed a birdie at the last on Friday to make the weekend. Thereafter his game came back to him, sufficiently so to claim on his return to America a fifth top-10 finish of the season at the Memorial Tournament.

"It is great to connect with the things I did as a kid. I have the same group of friends who I played golf with and one particular friend I went to school with. I'm not great on the phone or text but once a year I turn up and it's like I have never been away. It feels right when I drive around. Most places on tour, you're dealing with sat nav and stuff like that but I know how to get around there," said Rose.

"It's nice just to go down to my local club, North Hants, and have a pint in the bar and see some of the old faces and people that have been really, really good to me through the years.

"It was a really good sort of grounding week for me, as well, from that perspective.

The secretary always used to give me a rollicking for having my hat on in the clubhouse and stuff like that. …

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