LIV Players 'Will Be Missed' But Ryder Cup Won't Be 'Devalued' - Justin Rose

The Englishman says his Ryder Cup teammates of the past who have joined LIV Golf "will be missed" in Rome later this year

Justin Rose holds his finish after a fairway wood shot
Rose is back in the Ryder Cup picture after victory at Pebble Beach
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Justin Rose is back in the winner's circle for the first time in four years and looks set to mount a charge to make his sixth appearance for Team Europe.

The Pebble Beach Pro-Am winner could bring some much-needed experience to Luke Donald's side that looks set to be without the likes of Ryder Cup legends including Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Rose has admitted that the LIV players "will be missed" on both sides this year at Rome's Marco Simone Golf and Country Club but the biennial match won't be "devalued" without them.

"There is so much strength in depth I don't think it will be devalued," he said of the possibility that LIV Golf players will miss out.

"People like watching Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter. They bring a lot of passion. They will be missed for sure but it is what it is.

"You have the powers that be, the traditional people who kind of still have control of golf, and you have an upstart league which is trying to bring in a fresh idea and rival product. It's all good either way, it's just can both fit together in this scenario."

Rose, who has remained with golf's traditional circuits to ensure he can still earn world ranking points and compete in Majors, also spoke of his friends Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson not being involved.

"Poults and Stenson have been partners of mine in many Ryder Cup matches and we've won an awful lot of points together so from that point of view, I'll miss them out there," he said.

Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter at the 2014 Ryder Cup

Rose's friends and former Ryder Cup teammates Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson look set to miss out on Rome 2023 after joining LIV Golf

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"I have seen them socially. I still text and call guys. Everyone can make their own decision, I do not think badly of them for doing that and they are still my mates.

"There are going to be consequences to that decision and obviously the rulings will determine whether that is good or bad for them. One good thing from a Ryder Cup point of view is this decision will be done early enough and whatever the outcome, there's time for relationships to heal. Clarity is what most of us want."

Rose's Pebble Beach win has moved him up to 35th in the world and up to ninth in the European 'World Points' list as he look set to mount a charge for his sixth Ryder Cup appearance later this year. It would be his first since 2018 at Le Golf National after he missed out on the delayed 2021 match at Whistling Straits.

"Missing out there was a little bit of a sucker punch," he told the BBC. "You come off a period of time when you are number one in the world and not far removed from it but you can't get into the Ryder Cup team.

"That was definitely a moment where you're like 'well I know I'm not playing great but my peers know I'm not playing great', that was kind of a wake-up call. Those feelings aren't great but they are huge motivators as well."

The Englishman is set to make his next start at the upcoming Genesis Invitational at Riviera next week in Los Angeles.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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