Former US Open champion urges caution on messing with traditional formats of the game
Justin rose has called on golf’s powers-that-be to resist moving completely away from traditional formats of the game.
The 2013 US Open champion said that, whilst he supports efforts to introduce more people to the sport through shorter versions, such as the inaugural GolfSixes event that took place at the Centurion Club near St Albans earlier this year, he is concerned that too many different options may prove to be counter-productive.
“I am a traditionalist in the fact that I believe that 72-hole strokeplay is the way to get the best winner,” said the Englishman. “If you take the tour in a direction where you’re going to have ten, 12, 15 of these events, that might saturate it too much.
“You’re going to have trouble with how do you have world ranking points and how do you always try and get the best winner out of that week?
“I would support it a couple of times a year but, for me, it would be the exception rather than the rule.”
That being said, Rose added that he does see the value of non-traditional versions of golf as a vehicle to ramp up participation rates.
“I think that there’s a market for something that is catered towards a shorter attention span and being able to get content in a different way,” he explained.
“It’s for people who are much smarter than me to figure out how to deliver that, and to figure out what the perfect format is and how much of that is needed.”
Meanwhile, Rose has also opened up on his disappointment at finishing runner-up in this year’s Masters. The 36-year-old was beaten in a play-off for the Green Jacket by his close friend Sergio Garcia, below. He stressed that, whilst hurt by the loss, he won’t allow it to affect him too much.
“The only way I can really describe it is that I don’t wake up in the morning with a hole in my heart,” said Rose. “Of course when you take your mind back to it, it’s disappointing, but I don’t walk around with it on my shoulders. I have so much ahead of me this season, and so much ahead of me in the next ten years, that it’s not really worth looking back at it with any type of emotion until I’ve hung my golf clubs up.
“If I was to be a one-time Masters champion that would be fantastic. If I was to be a two or three-time Masters champion, even better. But one would be great and I still have plenty of opportunity for that.”