Rose keen on Olympic experience

Justin Rose (Getty Images)
Justin Rose (Getty Images)

Troon - While 20 male golfers have pulled out of the Olympics, Justin Rose of England is planning to soak up as much of the atmosphere as possible in Rio de Janeiro.

Rose intends to walk in the opening ceremony, stay a few days in the Olympic Village and catch some other events before he hits the course. He says he wants "to take it all in."

Rose is especially pumped for the opening ceremony. He says that would "make it very real and that would kind of help inspire me in terms of the occasion and give me a kind of scale of what the Olympics is all about."

The men's golf competition will be held the second week of the games.

Rose plans to move into a home near the course a few days before the opening round, "just so it's more predictable travel time and I can stay on top of my own schedule just a little bit easier."

Rose is part of a four-person golf team that Britain will be sending to the Olympics. The squad, which was formally unveiled on Wednesday at Royal Troon, also includes Masters champion Danny Willett, with Charley Hull and Catriona Matthew on the women's side.

On the final day of practice before the British Open, two more golfers pulled out of the Olympics but major champions Danny Willett and Justin Rose remain on board.

Francesco Molinari of Italy withdrew because of family reasons without giving specifics. He will be replaced by Matteo Manassero, who tied for third in the Scottish Open last weekend.

Angelo Que of the Philippines gave up his spot in Rio de Janeiro, as well, saying he was concerned about the Zika virus. Rodolfo Cazaubon of Mexico is next on the list of eligible players.

In all, 20 male golfers have withdrawn from the Olympics.

Britain, on the other hand, will have a strong contingent comprised of Rose, winner of the 2013 US Open, and Willett, the reigning Masters champion.

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