Jul 8th, 2016
Why Justin Rose is properly up for the Olympics
And ready to represent Team GB
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
We are always pleased to have a bit of good news about the Olympics, and the fact that Justin Rose is bang up to represent Team GB in Rio comes as music to our ears.
Rose told Golf.com: "I'm treating it very much as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Olympics is about the best of the best, whether it's amateur or pro, going toe-to-toe. I was hoping it would be supported by all of the top players. I'm excited about representing team Great Britain and going for a medal."
OK, so we may be missing Jason Day, Adam Scott, and Rory McIlroy, but we still have Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth in the mix, not to forget Sergio Garcia. We’ve always said it’s about the bigger experience, and we think that Justin totally gets that. He’s there to compete and participate in something much bigger.
More good news is that at least one South African – Gary Player aside – is taking the Olympics seriously. Jaco van Zyl has withdrawn from the Open, and won’t be playing the PGA Championship so he fresh and fully prepared for the Olympics.
With compatriots Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace all sitting the Olympics out, No 65 in the World Golf Rankings, Van Zyl is taking his opportunity properly serious.