Justin Rose eagled the 18th for a 65 which propelled him to a top-six finish and as the home favourite acknowledged the acclaim of Wentworth he figured it was job done. However, soon he understood he had been labouring under a misconception.
“When I walked off that last hole I felt good about things but I quickly got the vibe it wasn’t so good,” Rose says. “There was just a weird atmosphere on that Sunday afternoon. In the players’ lounge, all the vice captains were around Padraig [Harrington, the Europe captain] and yeah, I got a bit of a strange feeling. I was discovering I’d dug myself a hole deeper than I realised. And I’m not going to lie, I was gutted.”
Harrington told Rose, the former world No 1 with a major and an Olympic gold in his garlanded locker, that he was going elsewhere with his three Ryder Cup wildcards and by the time Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Shane Lowry were announced and social media was picking the picks apart, Rose himself was elsewhere and retaining his own counsel. There was, he admits, at least a measure of befuddlement.
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