Justin Rose insists the BMW PGA Championship is one of the top events in world golf, ahead of his return to Wentworth.
The world-number-nine, who makes his first appearance on British fairways since The Open last July, comes into this week with just one start since his runner-up finish at Augusta National seven weeks ago.Embed from Getty Images
For Rose, though, this event fits into a similar league to the Masters and winning it, something he is yet to do, would be special.
“This is a top six or seven tournament in the world for me including the major championships,” Rose told Sky Sports. “That’s the way I regard it and that’s how happy I’d be if I was to win it.”
Not only is the tournament hugely prestigious in the eyes of the 36-year-old, but it holds a great deal of sentiment for him as an experienced player.Embed from Getty Images
“It’s a tournament I really enjoy, and it’s a tournament that is kind of a full-circle kind of moment for me if I was to win here. There’s often a lot of kids behind the 18th green looking for golf balls and gloves, and I was one of those kids.
“So it kind of takes me back and makes me realise how far I’ve come, as well, to turn up at this tournament and be a legitimate contender for it. It’s always a reminder of where I’ve come from,” Rose added.Embed from Getty Images
“It’s a very special week for me always, and it’s nice to be back. I had to miss it last year through injury and what-have-you, so it’s really good to be back, and even better to be back with the sun shining. It makes definitely a big difference.”
Not only has Rose not competed on British soil since last July, but he hasn’t teed off in-front of British spectators since winning gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics and he’s hoping the support can push him for his first win at Wentworth this week.Embed from Getty Images
“Obviously I won the Olympic gold medal for Team GB, and the whole British public really does get behind Team GB so it’s going to be nice to play here for the first time since then.”
Rose tees off with Ernie Els and Matthew Fitzpatrick at 08:25 GMT on Thursday.