Justin Rose has done many things in his golf career, but he has never been a starter before. However, his metamorphosis into Ivor Robson has nothing to do with an urge to find a role for his twilight, but everything to do with inspiring the boys and girls gathered at Walton Heath to contest the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Championship.
From 450 events and more than 15,000 entrants, 24 golfers will take their places in the two divisions, with a further six golfers contesting the net competition.
After the 2020 postponement because of the pandemic, Rose is delighted not only to see the return of the series he sponsors, but to see it being played on a course he knows so well and rates so highly.
Granted, Surrey in October might not be Quinta do Lago, the magnificent Portuguese resort that has become the home of this junior “major”, but not this year because of travel restrictions. However, what Walton Heath might lack in sunshine this week, it will more than make up for in the quality of the three-day challenge.
“When I look at the vista of Walton Heath, I think this is how golf…
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