Aug 24th, 2016
Justin Rose to play British Masters
First home appearance since winning Olympic Gold
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
Olympic champion Justin Rose will make his first appearance on British soil since claiming an historic gold medal in Rio when he joins tournament host Luke Donald in the British Masters at The Grove, from October 13-16.
Rose helped ensure golf made a memorable return to the Olympic Games after a 112-year absence when he held off a determined challenge from Open Champion Henrik Stenson, of Sweden.
The 36 year old finished two shots clear of his Ryder Cup partner Stenson to add Olympic gold to the US Open Championship he claimed at Merion three years ago.
He will join Stenson in the European Team for The Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National next month before making an emotional homecoming appearance at The Grove, in Hertfordshire, where he will attempt to capture his second British Masters title following his victory at Woburn Golf Club in 2002, when he triumphed in a memorable battle with another close friend, Ian Poulter.
All 20,000 free tickets for the opening round of the 2016 British Masters have already taken as part Sky Sports Thursday, so Rose will be guaranteed a fantastic reception.
Rose, who is an ambassador for England Golf, helped golf reach a new global audience at the Olympics.
“I think everyone could see what representing Great Britain in the Olympics meant to me, and it will be very special to come back home as an Olympic champion and play in front of the home fans at the British Masters,” said Rose.
“We all hoped that golf’s inclusion in the Olympics would widen the appeal of the game and that is also the overall aim of the British Masters, so it will be great to be able to build on the momentum of Rio at The Grove.
“For me, personally, it will be another chance to play on home soil after missing the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth earlier this year through injury, and having won the title 14 years ago, I would love to have another chance to win again it in October.”