Even during Masters Week, Rose is already revved up for 2012 Ryder Cup

By PA Sport
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Justin Rose will have some good news for Jose Maria Olazabal when they meet at this week's Masters.

The 30-year-old played only six European Tour events last season and failed to make Colin Montgomerie's Ryder Cup team, but he says that being part of Olazabal's side next year is "a big goal" of his.

Rose, twice a winner in the United States in 2010, and Paul Casey, world No. 9 at the time, were the men Montgomerie chose to leave out after the 'FedExFour' -- Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington made up the rest of the gang -- chose not to play in the final European Ryder Cup qualifying event.

Montgomerie is also at Augusta, in his case to do television commentary rather than play, but Rose is not looking to start a fight.

"I don't blame anybody for not picking me," he said. "It was just a case of 'how did that happen?' and very, very disappointing.

"In a sense I felt it was 'out of sight, out of mind'. I played a lot of good golf, but it didn't count for that much and circumstances went against me,” he explained. "I'd have said I was in the team a week or two before qualifying ended, but all credit to Peter Hanson who went to the Czech Open and won and then Edoardo Molinari had to win in Scotland and won.

"Guys who do that deserve their spot on the team, but it makes me even more determined to make the next one,” he added. "I've got an awful lot of respect for Jose Maria. Along with Seve (Ballesteros) he is the Ryder Cup for me in the last 15-20 years."

Unlike a year ago, Rose is back in the world's top 50 and anticipates playing the minimum 13 events required for European Tour membership this season. His first European Tour appearance, though, will again not come until the BMW PGA Championship in England at the end of May.

"I decided not to go to the Middle East because I felt it would be better (to focus on the European circuit) when Ryder Cup qualifying has started up," he said.

That is the start of September when there is again the clash with the PGA Tour’s FedExCup playoff series, but the change to the qualifying system sought by Olazabal and granted by Europe's Tournament Committee should help Rose and all those still playing both tours. More importance is now placed on world ranking points rather than European Tour money during the 12 months of the race leading up to Europe's defense of the trophy in Chicago next September.

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