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Justin Rose
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Rose - Season-long consistency has been key

Justin Rose is looking to maintain momentum at this week's Ryder Cup after arriving at Le Golf National as one of the form players in the world.

The Englishman finished the 2017 season in supreme style as he won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open and then finished in a tie for fourth at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai to finish second in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

Three top tens in Majors and Rolex Series events have followed in 2018, with a victory on the US PGA Tour and a consistent campaign on the other side of the Atlantic that culminated in him winning the season-long FedEx Cup with a birdie putt on the last at the Tour Championship on Sunday.

Earlier this month he reached World Number One to add yet another achievement to a glittering CV, and he is now aiming to bring that class to the European team room in his fifth Ryder Cup.

“I've been playing consistently well,” he said. “That's ultimately the way I won the FedExCup, through my consistency season-long and that obviously does give you confidence coming into this week. 

“More so, specifically, if I boil it down to just having to play that last hole to win, the feelings that I faced there are going to be very similar to the feelings I'm going to face this week in order to try and close out a point and win a point.

“So there will be moments I can draw upon that this week when trying to deliver for Team Europe.”

At 38 years of age and as Europe's highest-ranked player, some outside the team room are giving Rose the mantle of team leader for Thomas Bjørn's men when the action gets under way.

But the 2013 US Open winner insists he has been put under no extra pressure by Bjørn, and he was full of praise for how the Dane has handled the Captaincy.

“I haven't tried to be anything that I'm not,” he said. “I feel like if I want to say something, I'll say something.

“I think it's really important to be who I am and that's going to be the guy that's hopefully going to deliver some points. That's what talks the most is earning points, leading by example rather than talk.

“That's what Thomas has encouraged me to do, he's encouraged me to be myself and that's why he's been such a fantastic Captain so far.

“Even in the year leading up to this point he just put a lot of trust in me to be ready for September. Didn't put pressure on me to play in Paris in June if it didn't suit my schedule and he didn't put pressure on me to do anything that wasn't right for me personally.

“Trusted all my decision-making to get here and be ready to play and ready to earn points. That extends to the week and to the team room. Just be natural and be yourself.

“Sure, my confidence through the years has probably grown. I've been able to play well in Ryder Cups, and if I can share experiences that are going to be helpful and meaningful to other players of course I'm going to do that, but I'm not going to try and be anything that I'm not.”