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Justin Rose is the latest Ryder Cup star to join the field for the Italian Open - the fifth Rolex Series event of the 2019 Race to Dubai - in Rome, from
Rose last teed it up at Olgiata Golf Course in 2002 and 17 years
later, the Olympic Champion returns to Italy in search of a third Rolex Series
title to add to his already impressive resume, following back-to-back wins in
2017 and 2018 at the Turkish Open.
The world No 4 joins his Ryder Cup team-mates, Open champion Francesco Molinari
and defending champion Thorbjorn Olesen, in the field.
played significant roles in Thomas Bjorn's European Team which memorably won
The 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in France, with Rose claiming two points
in his fourth appearance for Team Europe at golf’s greatest team contest.
"I'm excited to
come back to Italy, and to Rome in particular, which is such a stunning city
and a highlight for us players," said the 2013 US Open Champion.
and tradition behind the Italian Open makes this tournament very special and
with The 2022 Ryder Cup coming to Rome, it is going to be an amazing week in
one of the world’s most iconic cities."
has enjoyed a solid start to the 2019 season, winning his tenth PGA Tour title
at the Farmers Insurance Open before finishing tied third at the US Open
great to come back to Europe and I'm excited to play Olgiata again almost 17
years on at such a different point in my career. I know the Italian fans are
great, they are sports mad in their country, and following Francesco's Major
success and The 2022 Ryder Cup on the horizon, it's going to be an awesome
experience in Rome."