Rose and Stenson keen to reprise Ryder Cup bond
Justin Rose would relish the chance to reignite his partnership with Henrik Stenson and lead the European charge once again when The Ryder Cup gets under way at Hazeltine National on Friday morning.
The Englishman and Stenson were the first pairing out at Gleneagles two years ago and put the first point on the board, going on to claim another two as a pair in the 16½-11½ victory over the United States in Scotland.
Rose also claimed a point on the opening morning in 2012 alongside Ian Poulter, with that duo tasting defeat in the Friday morning foursomes at Valhalla four years previously.
The 36 year old is a veteran in a locker room that contains six rookies and would be honoured to be handed the responsibility of hitting one of the opening tee-shots on American soil.
"That's the responsibility we were given at Gleneagles," he said. "We were first out and that's an honour for any team, for any pairing. There's going to be 12 guys and six pairings or four pairings that are going to say exactly the same thing.
"We're still in the stages where we're tweaking pairings and thinking about strategy and how that might look and not being obvious about things. But absolutely, it would be a huge honour as it would for everybody on this team."
Rose's successful partnership with Stenson echoed the formidable team he made with Poulter, with the duo winning four and losing just one of their five matches together in 2008 and 2012.
The Olympic gold medallist has lost just three of his 11 matches at the Ryder Cup with a partner but insists there is no secret formula to his success.
"I've been blessed with good partners," he said. "Obviously, Ian Poulter, who has a stellar Ryder Cup record himself, he's been a partner of mine, and the same in Henrik Stenson.
"Those are the guys I've played the majority of golf with, both great competitors and great players. Obviously it's a team game, so you have to give a lot of respect to your partner.
"But hopefully my game is somewhat transferable. I'm fairly decent all-around, so hopefully pretty easy to pair from that point of view."
Swede Stenson concedes the tension on that first tee in the morning is like no other in the world of golf.
"It is a buzz," said Stenson, who also claimed the silver medal in Rio behind his Ryder Cup team-mate. "In 2006 when I played my first Ryder Cup, we all came up in the morning. Even though I didn't play in the morning matches, I was still there at the first tee to get a feel for it.
"It's a lot of tension and something you look forward to but you're still not sure how you're going to react every time.
"We've seen some bad tee-balls being hit and surely pressure is why that could be that way. But at the same time, we are used to stepping out to the first tee in big tournaments but it's definitely a special one to tee it up at the Ryder Cup.
"You've got to have a good partner and I had that, so I'm looking for a good partnership again.
"I think it helps a lot to know the player that you're playing with and you just can't have any regrets. You've just got to get on with it and you've got to play well if you want to win matches and foursomes is possibly the hardest one to get right."