Sore loser Rose calls course ‘ab­so­lute joke’

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

OLYMPIC cham­pion Justin Rose crit­i­cised the setup of Hazel­tine for the de­ci­sive sin­gles matches of the Ry­der Cup, say­ing the lay­out had a Pro-Am feel about it.

The United States de­feated Europe 17-11 to win the tro­phy for the first time since 2008 on a 7628-yard lay­out that hosted the 2002 and 2009 PGA Cham­pi­onships, both of which Rose played.

“Setup-wise, this course can be as tough as you want it to be, there’s no doubt about it,” Rose said. “If we were all to be hon­est about it, I thought the setup was in­cred­i­bly weak.

“I thought it was very much a Pro-Am feel in terms of the pin place­ments. They were all mid­dle of the green.”

Rose lost to Amer­i­can Rickie Fowler 1-up, one of four 1-up tri­umphs by the US side on a lay­out US cap­tain Davis Love ad­mit­ted be­fore the start was set to try and de­liver birdie chances and shot­mak­ing ex­cite­ment for spec­ta­tors.

“I don’t quite un­der­stand that with world-class play­ers here and we want to show­case our skills. We want to be tested,” Rose said. “The wa­ter holes out there, all the pins were as far away from the wa­ter as pos­si­ble.”

Rose called the pin place­ment on the par-3 17th “an ab­so­lute joke”.

“It’s a 9-iron into the mid­dle of the green and you stiff it,” he said. “With a match on the line, you kind of feel like you want a player to step up a lit­tle bit more than they have to.” Of 14 play­ers who reached the 17th on the Oc­to­ber 2 round, there were eight pars, four birdies and two bo­geys. Rose and Fowler each made pars, Fowler hav­ing birdies 16 to go 1-up.

“I just felt com­ing down the stretch, it was a lit­tle soft,” Rose said.

Fowler de­fended Hazel­tine, say­ing it was more about how they played than the course.

“The setup, I don’t think it was easy by any means,” Fowler said. “Him and I didn’t play as well as we would have liked to. We didn’t make many birdies on both sides. I felt like it was an even match.”

The PGA of Amer­ica’s Kerry Haigh han­dled the de­tails of pin place­ments and course con­di­tions, keep­ing rough to minimal lev­els rather than US Open den­sity.

“I thought that the PGA did well all week,” Fowler said. “They did a good job pre­par­ing the golf course, get­ting it in the right con­di­tion and where the hole lo­ca­tions were. It was a good setup. “It worked out just fine for us.”

Photo: AFP

Justin Rose of Europe re­acts on the eighth green dur­ing sin­gles matches of the 2016 Ry­der Cup at Hazel­tine Na­tional Golf Club on Oc­to­ber 2.

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