A number of European golf fans are up in arms after five-time Ryder Cup winner Justin Rose was left out of Padraig Harrington's Ryder Cup side to face United States in two weeks time.
Despite finishing tied sixth at the BMW PGA Championship when nearly holing out for albatross at 18, Rose - a former World No.1, US Open winner, FedEx Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist - was denied one of Harrington's three wildcards in the team.
"The consistency and the play of Shane [Lowry] under pressure, under stress, that's what we went with."— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) September 13, 2021
Padraig Harrington explained the tough decision to leave Justin Rose out of his Ryder Cup captain's picks...
Harrington decided to go with Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Shane Lowry as his three picks.
While certainly no easy task to pick three names, especially given Lee Westwood and Bernd Wiesberger automatically qualified for the side at Wentworth on Sunday, the exclusion of Rose's name has caused an element of controversy with golf fans on social media.
Would you have picked Justin Rose for the Ryder Cup?— GolfMagic.com (@GolfMagic) September 13, 2021
It's fair to say a large majority believe Rose should be boarding the plane to Whistling Straits, given he has just come off the back of consecutive top-10 finishes on the European Tour and PGA Tour.
Not to mention his Ryder Cup pedigree, which speaks for itself with five Ryder Cup wins and 14 individual points.
Harrington admitted the decision to leave out Rose was a tough one but that the Englishman had ultimately not done enough to convince him to be named as one of his three picks.
Rose finished outside the top 125 in the PGA Tour's season long FedEx Cup race having only picked up three top-10 finishes on the circuit - albeit two of those finishes were at The Masters (7) and US PGA (T8).
"He's a big team player," Harrington said of Rose.
"I really appreciate the fact that I've had a chat with him and [he's] an absolute gentleman.
"He really understands and [is] clearly disappointed because after the delivery today, finishing with an eagle on the last, the glory of it all, I certainly would have been happy with him there. But it was just one spot too far."
Padraig Harrington waffling on trying to explain why Justin Rose isn’t a captains pick for the Ryder cup because he can’t be honest and say because Shane Lowry is his good friend and fellow Irishman.— Luke (@Luke___G) September 12, 2021
Justin Rose...— Dave Tindall (@DaveTindallgolf) September 12, 2021
Current form: 6th, 10th last two starts
Course form: 4th last time he played it
Form in big events this year: top 10 in two majors
Ryder Cup pedigree: excellent
I'm boring myself now but I think the team is weaker without him.
Wow leaving out Justin Rose ???? Massive mistake for me— Alan Jones (@jonesyall3) September 12, 2021
Justin Rose not making the Ryder cup team is absolutely scandalous.— Padge Mc (@mc_padge) September 12, 2021
Cannot believe Justin Rose is left out the Ryder Cup this year— NicNac (@crombie_nicola) September 12, 2021
Imagine not picking Justin Rose for the Ryder Cup— Andy Roberts (@AndyRobertsGolf) September 12, 2021
US Open champion
Olympic Gold Medalist
5 Ryder Cups (14 points)
FedEx Cup champion
10 time PGA Tour winner
11 time Euro Tour winner
8 other wins around world
Coming off a T10 & T6 pic.twitter.com/I2DkpvcHWT
Lowry before Justin Rose. Diabolical— Greg Fortune (@gregfortune1) September 13, 2021
No Justin rose wow— Hawksey (@sportmademe) September 13, 2021
Not sure how you can leave out a Major Champion in Justin Rose from the Ryder Cup team. A bit of a shocker that for me from Harrington— Ryan J Owens (@Foxinthebox1) September 13, 2021
No Justin Rose at the Ryder Cup.... big mistake— Яob (ツ) (@ChloeBobbyLexi) September 13, 2021
Justin rose misses out on Ryder cup team, shocking decision— D E A N (@dgdc72) September 13, 2021