Rose tells fiery young stars like Rahm to cool it

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Former US Open cham­pion Justin Rose handed out sober­ing ad­vice to Jon Rahm and other young stars ahead of the Ir­ish Open start­ing to­day, sug­gest­ing the some­times fiery young Spa­niard needed to con­trol his de­meanour. Rahm, 22 and one of the most ex­cit­ing young tal­ents in world golf, drew much crit­i­cism over his un­sport­ing manners ahead of miss­ing the cut at the US Open at Erin Hills.

Rahm, with a maiden PGA Tour vic­tory, a sec­ond place to world num­ber one Dustin John­son in Texas, and a third in Mex­ico al­ready this year, let his tem­per get the bet­ter of him over two rounds in ru­ral Wis­con­sin in the com­pany of Rickie Fowler and Hideki Mat­suyama.

The ac­tions of the now US-based Rahm sent many fans onto so­cial me­dia doc­u­ment­ing his hot-tem­pered ways be­fore he crashed out of the US Open with scores of 76 and 73 to miss the cut by five strokes. And ahead of tee­ing up at this week’s Ir­ish Open Rahm re­vealed he had apol­o­gised to both Mat­suyama, who fin­ished run­nerup at the US Open, and Fowler.

‘DEEPLY EM­BAR­RASSED’

“What hap­pened at Erin Hills can­not hap­pen again,” he said. “I mean, I’m deeply em­bar­rassed about what hap­pened. I apol­o­gised to Rickie and Hideki about what I did.” Rahm re­vealed that he has waged a long bat­tle for self-con­trol on the golf course and some­times he loses spec­tac­u­larly. “It re­ally frus­trates me to think about it, be­cause the per­son that you see on TV do­ing that, that’s not the per­son who I am. I’m noth­ing like that,” he said.

Asked about the Spa­niard’s con­duct, Rose, who cap­tured the 2013 US Open and is also the reign­ing Olympic cham­pion, said it looked like Rahm and other young bucks had some grow­ing up to do and needed to calm down. “But it’s good to see pas­sion. It’s good to see fire. It’s good to see it in the young play­ers to a cer­tain point,” he said.

“And all of the tal­ent in the world is great and all of these young guys have it, but the dif­fer­ence in terms of winning the big­gest event is the men­tal side.

“When I had great weeks, US Open, the Olympics, even the Masters, they are all weeks that I felt in­cred­i­bly calm and when I have been chal­lenged dur­ing those weeks I’ve kind of dealt with that mo­ment in the week very well. “So, the men­tal side is very im­por­tant.” — AFP

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