EUROPE’S JUSTIN ROSE is excited by the thought of firing up a home Ryder Cup crowd for the first time.
The world number six, whose previous two cup appearances were on foreign soil, did plenty to silence the American fans in his side’s remarkable victory at Medinah in 2012.
Now he is hoping his performance will have the opposite effect on home supporters as Europe host the United States at Gleneagles this week.
The 34-year-old Englishman said: “Knowing that in the palm of your hand, let’s say with a putter, you have the ability to light up a crowd in a situation, and that’s exhilarating, obviously I can’t wait to feel and experience that.
“But my goal is just to create those opportunities, to sort of put my game in a position and put my golf ball in a position where I can make that happen.
“Par putts for halves - probably you’ll get a clap, but you want to be making birdies out there.
“I have to focus on my game rather than the environment, but I can’t wait to sense the environment after playing well.
“I’m delighted to play a home Ryder Cup. That was definitely the goal that I set out a couple years ago. I’m really excited.”
Rose was central to Europe’s success two years ago as he secured a dramatic singles victory over Phil Mickelson. He followed that by going on to secure a maiden major title win at the 2013 US Open.
This week, however, most of the European focus has been on world number one Rory McIlroy and the team’s heartbeat, Ian Poulter.
US captain Tom Watson has even spoken about targeting European “stud” McIlroy and Poulter.
Rose, whose Ryder Cup record boasts six points from nine, hopes this is a situation that can play out to his advantage and he can almost come in under the radar.
He said: “Yes, it could well help me. It probably frees up my mind to focus on the task and the job at hand.
“But I think the fact that Rory and Poulter are targeted might help them, too. That’s the way we are hoping it will play out, anyway.