Rose honored with Lifetime European Tour membership

2013 has already been an incredible one for Justin Rose, a year that saw him win his first major title when he narrowly beat the legendary American golfer Phil Mickelson by two strokes to take the US Open back in June.

And now, the 33 year old South African born Englishman can add an honorary lifetime membership of the European Tour to his list of achievements for 2013. Last week, Rose became only the 47th ever golfer in the history of the European Tour to be conferred with that honor and joined the likes of Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

And the Englishman is eagerly looking forward to the new season which he hopes will bring more success for him and is looking forward to becoming a worthy beneficiary of such a huge honor.

Rose, who had struggled for long periods since he first broke into the world of professional golf so many years back now until recently when he managed to secure his first major title. And the man he beat to the title, Phil Mickelson stated that now that he has got the monkey off his back, the world will see the best of Justin Rose.

Speaking about the honor bestowed on him, the honor is a huge one, adding that for a kid who had started his career as a professional with 21 missed cuts, this honor means a lot to him. And he hailed the European Tour as well, commenting that the whole journey couldn’t have been possible without all the hard work.

Justin Rose now turns his attention to the Race to Dubai, stating that at the beginning of the year, it is everyone’s dream to win it but it only becomes an option once some tournaments are played and he is looking forward to it.

Kuchar commits to World Cup

World number six Matt Kuchar has confirmed his participation at the World Cup of Golf that is scheduled between the 21st and 24th of November at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, it has been announced.

Kuchar has already confirmed his participation to play in the Australian Masters that takes place over the previous weekend at the same course and as a result, he will know the nuances of the course better than the rest of the field as he looks to add to his two titles already this season. Kuchar is the defending champion in the event after he teamed up with fellow American Gary Woodland to win the title in 2011 but it is yet to be seen which other players from his country joins him in the lineup.

The selection process for the tournament is extremely complicated to say the least and will depend a lot on the Official World Golf Rankings. The top 60 players on the list as of the 23rd of September will be making the trip to Australia and for the first time in the history of the tournament, countries that have four players inside the top 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings will be allowed to send in four players for the event, which means Matt Kuchar will have some of the biggest names in golf from the United States of America to choose as his partner.

Only America and England have four players inside the top 15 at this moment and the American team could features the likes of Phil Mickelson, world number one Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker along with Kuchar where as the English team could have the likes of Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter on the roster. But only Matt Kuchar has committed to the event so far.

Poulter on a season of misses

English golfer Ian Poulter referred to another season of failure in the major championships as the one that got away, referring mainly to his amazing last day challenge at The Open before falling just short of the winning standard.

He mentioned that it was extremely disappointing to be able to get into that position that he got himself in and still not manage to get the job done. (more…)