“South Africa’s very close to my heart, not only because I
was born here, but also because I have a lot of family here,” said Rose who was
born in Johannesburg.
“My brother lives in Jo’burg and my mom lives down in
And while he may have the crowd-pulling power of the likes
of Ernie Els to deal with, as well as the presence of the likes of fellow major
champions Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, he is relishing the chance to
tee it up for the local fans.
“I’ve had two weeks off back home and haven’t been able to
practice, so I’m knocking off a bit of rust,” he said.
“We’ll see how this week
goes and I’m just going to take it slow and steady, trying to play my way into
a bit of form this week.
"But my game is never far away and I’ve been playing
consistently for the whole year.