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PGA Tour on Justin Rose’s ‘bucket list’

Justin Rose has revealed the BMW PGA Championship is one of the tournaments he would absolutely love the tick off his career “bucket list.”

Rose won his first major title in the US Open at Merion last year and can count a World Golf Championship event among his 13 tournament victories around the world.

The 33-year-old Hampshire-born golfer has also played on two Ryder Cup teams – one of which being the now-infamous 2012 ‘Miracle at Medinah’ – but has since failed to win the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth, a tournament he would once upon a time frequent as a spectator.

"It’s a bucket-list tournament for me,” said Rose, who was defeated in a play-off to Anders Hansen in 2007 and finished joint-second in 2012.

“It’s a tournament I grew up watching as a kid so it’s definitely special to me. Apart from the majors, a World Golf Championships or two possibly, I don’t see a tournament I would more like to win.

“My form is good, I’ve been playing well and building some nice momentum. I’ve had three top ten’s in a row, three top five’s in my last two and I feel like there’s more to squeeze out of my game, too.

“I feel that the next couple of weeks I can progress even more and if that translates into wins that would be fantastic. It would be great to win heading into Pinehurst, but at the same time I feel like my game is in good shape to put up a good title defence there.”

Rose has brought the US Open trophy which he won from his home in Florida so that he can display it on the first tee during the tournament. He said: “For years I’ve seen all the biggest trophies in the game sit proudly on the first tee during this championship, so it’s an amazing feeling for that to be my turn now.”