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PGA champion keen on Rose as Ryder Cup partner

(China Daily) Updated: 2012-05-29 07:53

Justin Rose may have been his title rival on Sunday, but double PGA Championship winner Luke Donald has a vision of the duo being paired together at the Ryder Cup in Illinois in September.

"I think we would make a good partnership in fourballs or foursomes," Donald said at Wentworth, after landing the coveted PGA title for the second year in a row.

"Justin is a solid player and I don't have any doubts he'll be in the team. I think captain Jose Maria Olazabal is going to have the satisfaction of having a lot of people to pick from, and that's always a good thing."

Donald compared the attributes of Rose, the world No 10, to those of third-ranked Lee Westwood.

"Justin has the game to win a US Open for sure," he said of his fellow Englishman. "He hits it very good off the tee and has a similar kind of game to Lee.

"He strikes it solid and doesn't make a lot of mistakes. I'm sure he's working on just getting a little bit better on the greens, but he's certainly making big strides in that area too.

"I see a lot of great things coming from Justin."

Rose heaped praise on Donald after finishing with a share of second spot with 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie, saying Donald "certainly played like a champion".

"The difference was his putter," Rose said. "He buried a lot of putts in the middle of the round.

"He played really well and there were no loose shots from him coming down the stretch. With his short game and the way he makes 20 and 30-footers - he's tough to beat."


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