The former Tour number one, Justin Rose, has resigned from the European Tour after having been left out of the Ryder Cup team.
Rose has only played three events all season on this side of the Atlantic, but although the rules state that a player who fails to participate in the minimum 12 required “shall not be eligible for reinstatement to European Tour membership without the written permission of the chief executive until the lapse of 24 calendar months.”, he is not facing the two-year ban, but is expected to be back as a member as of next season.
“He [Rose] resigned with a view to rejoining next season and then playing 12-plus counting events.” said Keith Waters, the Tour’s chief operating officer. “We’ve been discussing the situation with Justin for months and months as you can imagine. He started the year in a difficult position outside the world’s top 50 and not qualified for the world championships or majors.” Waters continued.
On his blog Rose showed no hard feelings for being excluded by captain Colin Montgomerie: “Congratulations to the European Ryder Cup team on winning the cup back.”. “I am more excited than ever to get into the team for 2012 as I think the cup changing hands between the two teams in the last few years has really been positive for this great sporting rivalry.” he said.
About being told he was not to be part of the team he said: “That was deflating. I was hopeful of making the team. I tried to pick myself up and focus on the job at hand, but felt my mind wandering back to the decision by Monty and replaying the conversation.”