Title hopeful Rose doesn't want to get caught in a trap

Wed May 20, 2015 11:46am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Wentworth is littered with sand traps and world number six Justin Rose says he needs to avoid them at all costs to achieve a "bucket-list" target by landing this week's BMW PGA Championship crown.

The European Tour's flagship tournament represents a local event for the 34-year-old Londoner and, aside from golf's big four prizes, it is the title he craves the most.

"Outside of the major championships I cannot think of a tournament I'd like to win more than this one," Rose told a news conference on Wednesday.

"I've been coming here from about the age of eight and watching the great players and being inspired to go back to my home course and practice.

"Come tomorrow there will be a lot of familiar faces in the crowd for me and it always makes it very special."

When the action gets underway in Thursday's opening round, Rose will be doing his utmost to navigate his way round the sand traps, even if it means aiming for the rough at times.

"There are bunkers everywhere and strategy off the tee is very important," said the 2013 U.S. Open champion.

"You need to drive the ball well this week. You can't play this course from the bunkers so that means being conservative in some areas and in other areas flying a bunker and accepting being in the rough."   Continued...

Golf - BMW PGA Championship - Virginia Water, Surrey, England - 20/5/15
England's Justin Rose during a press conference
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