Medinah motivation could backfire on U.S.: Rose

Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:36pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The ploy by the United States to draw extra motivation from a stinging loss to Europe at Medinah two years ago could prove to be "a double-edged sword" for them at next week's Ryder Cup in Scotland, Justin Rose told Reuters.

U.S. captain Tom Watson has already pinpointed that 2012 defeat outside Chicago as a focal point for his team, saying the Americans will be driven to make amends for one of their most harrowing experiences in the biennial competition.

"It could be very powerful, and it could be exactly the right thing to do -- or it could lead to a lot of frustration if they get off to a bad start," Englishman Rose said of the U.S. tactic.

"Either way, it's a ploy, it's a tactic that is probably the right one but if the Europeans can get an upper hand, it's going to feel very similar to what they have faced probably the last 10, 15 years," the world number five added.

The Americans have had very little to celebrate at the Ryder Cup over the past 20 years, losing seven times in the last nine editions with their most recent victory coming on home soil at Valhalla in 2008.

At Medinah, they were seemingly poised to clinch a rare win when leading by four points going into the last-day singles, but the Europeans pulled off one of the greatest team comebacks on a golf course to triumph by 14-1/2 points to 13-1/2.

"I can tell you that all the players I have talked to, every one of them without a doubt, had one thing to say about the Ryder Cup," Watson said earlier this month about what came to be known as the 'Meltdown at Medinah'.

"They want to go back and make amends for what happened at Medinah. Our team has that one focus. The Europeans played great in the last round in 2012 and that was a hard loss for the American players and it still sticks with a lot of them."   Continued...

Sep 11, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Justin Rose tees off on the third hole during the first round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports