With so much rivalry among the world's best players - and with
Tiger Woods' ongoing comeback on the horizon - the Englishman believes
golf has more than its fair share of excitement to offer.
Woods isn't at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, but a whole
host of stars are, including Dustin Johnson, the returning Rory McIlroy,
Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Kuchar and Henrik Stenson.
"That's surprising to me," Rose said according to The Guardian
when told of the poll's findings. "I think if you ask a golf fan,
golf's not boring right now. The young guys are doing incredibly well.
We're on the verge of watching Tiger come back and this comeback
definitely looks for real. I think this is an exciting time.
"If you're going to ask a population, sure, I think golf still has a
stigma of being an old man's sport for people who aren't aware of what
the sport is all about. But I think people in and around the game don't
feel that way."
Rose compared the current era, which sees a crop of around six
golfers dominating the sport, with the Woods era, when one man was
blazing such an impressive tale.
The Englishman believes both eras has its own strengths.
"I think Tiger was so dominant, we don't appreciate how dominant some
of these other players have been recently. The top five or six have
really separated themselves from the rest. There's a form of dominance
at the top but it’s spread a little bit more evenly than just one guy," he said.
"I think the one guy we all know we're talking about could make
things incredibly interesting where you have the best of both worlds;
someone coming back, trying to create even more history and legacy, and
yet there's so much more parity and more interest because there's more
storylines rather than just one."