Recovering Rose hopes to defend #UBSHKOpen

Wed 07 Dec 2016

Recovering Rose hopes to defend #UBSHKOpen

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Hong Kong, December 7: Olympic Gold medalist Justin Rose is determined to put his injury troubles behind him and mount a strong defence of his UBS Hong Kong Open title.
The Englishman shut down for two months after the Ryder Cup in an attempt to resolve his back issues and returned to action last week at the Hero World Challenge.
He was forced to withdraw after the first round in the Bahamas with more back trouble and admits his preparation for this week at Hong Kong Golf Club has not been ideal as he defends the title he won in dramatic fashion in 2015.
"Once Thursday starts, hopefully the system gets up and running. This is a golf course I've played enough now to be able to see it blind this week." - Justin Rose

But the 2013 US Open Champion has been working hard to get back to fitness and is hopeful of making another tilt for the title in the Far East.
“I've done everything I can the last few days to do everything I can to defend here,” said Rose.
“I'm making good progress. The journey over here seemed to go well and I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I've been working hard to be honest with you for seven weeks. I've been really excited about what I've seen in my game in practice.
“Last week was a mishap for sure but I feel good about things in general. I feel optimistic about next year. Certainly I feel motivated and I feel hungry.
Justin Rose of England Justin Rose of England
“In terms of this week, it's not ideal to come in here slightly undercooked preparation-wise but I'm hoping that the fact that I've been diligent and careful the last few days is going to allow me to be competitive for all four days. I know my game plan and I know my strategy and I have good memories on which to draw.
“You never really forget how to compete. So once Thursday starts, hopefully the system gets up and running. This is a golf course I've played enough now to be able to see it blind this week, so to speak. I know my game plan and I know my strategy. I have good memories on which to draw,” said Rose.
Rose went toe-to-toe with Lucas Bjerregaard over the weekend in Fanling in 2015, eventually prevailing by one shot despite a bogey on the last with the next closest challengers’ five shots behind the Dane.
Rose will not only have to overcome his fitness worries if he wants to become the first man since Miguel Ángel Jiménez (in 2014) to defend the UBS Hong Kong Open. Jiménez is among the star names in town looking to dethrone Rose, with Spaniard looking to become the most successful player in the tournament’s history by claiming an unprecedented fifth title.
Another former Champion, Ian Poulter, is looking to return to the winner’s circle, while Masters Champion Danny Willett and world number eight Patrick Reed are among the headline names set to do battle over the magnificent Hong Kong Golf Club.
Spectators will have the rare opportunity to see these stars in action free of charge, with tournament organisers offering free entry to public for the first two rounds on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December.
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About Mega Events Fund
This year the “UBS Hong Kong Open” is sponsored by the Mega Events Fund of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. The Fund was set up in 2009 to support mega arts, cultural, sports and entertainment events to be staged in Hong Kong. With the approval from the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council, the operation of the Fund has been extended for five years until the end of March 2017 with a view to attracting more internationally acclaimed mega events to Hong Kong and reinforcing Hong Kong’s position as the events capital of Asia.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.