Family matters help disrupt Rose's debut

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 December, 2011, 12:00am


Justin Rose's Hong Kong debut was brief but lucrative, the Englishman missing the cut but pocketing an appearance fee believed to be around HK$600,000.

A 69 yesterday in the tougher early morning conditions for a three-over total ensured he joined last year's runner-up Matteo Manassero (72 for four-over) as the biggest names taking an early flight home.

The Englishman never got going at Fanling, and admitted perhaps not giving his game his usual focus at the moment with his wife expecting their second child this month. He finished one over the cut.

'It was pretty nasty out there this morning,' said Rose (pictured).

'Whenever I hit a good shot I haven't taken advantage with the putter and I haven't hit many good shots, so it's been a bit of a struggle. I birdied the last two holes to make what I thought would be the cut, so I dug deep the last couple of holes and really produced a couple of birdies when I needed them, but the weather wasn't in my favour in the afternoon.

'I've enjoyed it for sure. When you don't play well it's hard to have an unbiased view on things, but I like it here. It's definitely a course you have to know. I've got on the wrong side of a couple of pins this week and no matter how much preparation you do, you don't realise how severe some of the edges of the greens are until you get into a tournament.'

Rose now heads to the United Arab Emirates for the Dubai World Championship, but admitted his participation might be in doubt, depending on his wife.

'I'm keeping a close eye on things right now with Kate at home. The biggest thing on my mind is I've got a baby coming. Kate's been having a lot of check-ups, so I'm just keeping in contact with that. It's going to be a fun off-season, she's due right before Christmas. It's pretty much getting to the stage now where you're playing with the mobile phone on.'

Manassero never approached last year's form and the Italian 18-year-old said his game needed a lot of work. 'It was a tough couple of rounds and it's been a tough couple of months actually,' he said.

'I don't know what the difference was between this year and last year. Pretty much everything, every part of the game didn't work as well as last year. I've been playing well below my average, I haven't been happy with my game and I'm now trying to change it and work it out better.

'I think [what's wrong] is becoming a little bit of everything. Playing bad you get the wrong attitude and technically you make mistakes.

'I need to get my confidence back practising and hopefully see the technical things improve.'

Former champions Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal just made it to the weekend, finishing with 69s for two over, and fan favourite John Daly hit four birdies on his front nine for a 68 to make it right on the cut. Another former Hong Kong champion, Gregory Bourdy, did just enough (69 for two over), but 2008-winner Lin Wen-tang had two 72s to miss out, while 2008 Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson is destined for qualifying school after finishing on 143.