Rose tips Fitzpatrick as contender

2015-10-20 14:05
Justin Rose (AFP)

Hong Kong - Former major winner Justin Rose said on Tuesday that rising star Matthew Fitzpatrick would be among the toughest contenders at the upcoming Hong Kong Open, but his own chances of winning were still "decent".

Fitzpatrick, a 21-year-old fellow Briton, won his first European Tour title at the British Masters this month and came second in the Omega European Masters in July behind Danny Willett.

Currently 12th in the "Race to Dubai", he is also ranked 61 in the world.

Fitzpatrick is "a great young English player who's been playing incredibly well right now", Rose said when asked who he would like to beat at the Hong Kong tournament this week.

"He is going to probably be tough to beat on this golf course. He's an especially great putter, and keeps the ball in play off the tee.

"But the tour is very strong.... so many players can come out and have a great week and win the tournament. So I'm not singling out anybody. That's really the great thing about golf is that the golf course is your ultimate competitor," Rose said.

Asked what his chances were of winning on Sunday, world number seven Rose described them as "decent".

The Hong Kong Open from October 22-25 is the final event in the European Tour before its lucrative "Final Four" playoff series of tournaments in the "Race to Dubai", for which only the top 60 on the money list will qualify.

Read more on:    hong kong open  |  justin rose  |  golf

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.