Justin Rose Confirms He Is Not Playing LIV Golf Series
Rose explained that his goals are to play and win big championships, with the Englishman feeling he still has 'special moments ahead'
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Speaking at the launch of a golf academy he has established alongside American Golf, Justin Rose stated that he was not going to play in the LIV Golf Invitational Series (opens in new tab) "not this season, not in the foreseeable future."
The former World No.1, whose last win came at the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open, added: "I am curious, as everyone is, to see how this plays out and I don't think any less (of the players hoping to play). I have no judgment on that. I have played golf in Saudi Arabia.
"You have to make decisions that are right for you. You are a professional golfer, it's your job. If there is an opportunity and it is valid, then it is an avenue that should be open and available to you."
According to golf commentator, Luke Elvy, around 80 PGA Tour pros (opens in new tab) have asked for a release to play in the first event, which gets underway at Centurion Club on the 9th - 11th June. Among those alleged 80 players are Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood and Richard Bland (opens in new tab), who have all publicly stated that they have requested a release to play at the tournament.
However, there is still uncertainty as to what will occur if players do choose to feature at the LIV Golf Invitational Series, with it being reported by The Guardian (opens in new tab) that members of the DP World Tour are likely to face penalties amid a growing sense that permission will not be granted to those looking to tee up at Centurion Club (opens in new tab).
For Rose though, his goals are still: "The major championships," with the 41-year-old explaining that: "I am still trying to create my own history within the game of golf. I am not ready to just play golf for money, for example. I have other goals and other dreams and they are to play in big championships and win big championships. I will do everything right now to protect that."
Since his last win in 2019, Rose has dropped outside of the world's top 50 and has only a handful of top 10 finishes. However, the Englishman feels he still has "special moments ahead".
"I am going through a transition. I have changed coach recently and I am really excited about the journey. I feel energised. I want to be practising. I am hungry and motivated. I am 41 so time is not 100 per cent on my side but I am still in that window where I 100 per cent believe I have some special moments ahead of me."
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Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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