Justin Rose: Wentworth 'like a homecoming'

Justin Rose in Florida
Justin Rose in Florida

World top ten golfer Justin Rose said playing in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this week will be "very much like a homecoming".

Although born in South Africa, Rose was brought up in Fleet in Hampshire, close to the Surrey club, and began to play golf seriously on local courses.

Rose told BBC Radio Solent: "I certainly feel good about my chances.

"It's just a great week for me with spending so much time in America to catch up with friends and family."

Rose, 32, came through the junior ranks on the Hampshire circuit and was a regular at clubs including Hartley Witney and North Hants.

"It always gives me a good feeling coming here - I stay with friends in the early part of the week and do a lot of catching up before moving to a hotel."

Rose has been encouraged by the recent performances of fellow British golfers Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

"It's a big inspiration and motivation for me to try to match or even better the likes of Rory, Lee and Luke," he said.

"They are really setting the benchmark in the game right now and I honestly believe I could be up there with them.

"I am really happy with the consistency of my performances this year and this means I can work on just maintaining my game at a good level rather than searching for the answer to some problem or another.

"To win our flagship event against the cream of European golf and on a great course would be a wonderful launch-pad for the rest of the year as Luke showed in 2011.

"The course really suits my eye and my swing and I really like the changes they have made this year."