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Justin Rose could get the chance of a damp celebration at the Ryder Cup in France.

Justin Rose will never get used to opening tee shot at Ryder Cup

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World number two Justin Rose resisted the temptation to “cannonball” into the lake during the Miracle of Medinah, but he may get another chance if Europe regain the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National.

The 15th and 18th holes are lined by water and provide a testing finish in any tournament, never mind the most high-pressure environment in golf.

After holing a birdie putt on the 17th at Medinah in his remarkable fightback against Phil Mickelson, the 38-year-old said he had the urge to throw himself into the lake, but still had the final hole to win.

Six years on, the newly-crowned FedEx Cup champion could get the opportunity to fulfil that desire if Europe wrest back the trophy.

“The putt on 17 was, yeah, unbelievable, and that’s what kind of people remember,” said Rose recalling his 2012 singles match against Mickelson, where he was one down with three to play, holed a 10-footer for par, a monster birdie on 17 and birdied the last for the win.

“But that only got me all-square, so my funny reaction of waddling up there and not really going crazy (was because) inside I wanted to, you know, cannonball into the lake.

“I remember consciously walking as slowly as I could to get the ball out of the hole.

“The putt I was most proud of was 18 to finish it off, and that’s not necessarily remembered or talked about it, but as a player, to make it on the one that’s on 18, that’s the one that counts.”

Rose is a man with plenty of Ryder Cup experience, and with several rookies taking centre stage for the first time this year in the competition, the veteran of the tournament has told them what it's like to tee off on the first hole on Friday.

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"I think no matter how many times -- it's once every two years. You never get comfortable with it," Rose, the Olympic champion in Rio, told reporters on Wednesday.

"I don't think you can ever really walk on to that first tee Friday and go, 'yeah, this feels good, or this feels normal'.

"Of course it feels good. You feel alive. I think Jose Maria Olazabal gave us a little memento one year, and it says, 'All men die but not all men live.'

"I think what he meant by that is feeling that adrenaline, feeling that whatever you want to call it, feeling that emotion, I think is what it's all about."

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Rose then discussed the pressure of playing on the Friday of the Ryder Cup, and once again, he admitted it's something you can never get used to.

"I think there's no more intense session than the first morning on Friday," said Rose. "That's why everything is a crescendo there.

"I think from Friday morning onwards, you build into the week and you start to get comfortable. Friday afternoon, you're into it. Saturday morning, it's intense again, but you've done it before the day before, and so you start to build into the week.

"But no doubt that peak on Friday morning is something that you anticipate and you're never quite comfortable with, but that's the beauty of it.

"I think especially this year, the scenes around that first tee will be absolutely amazing. It's the most incredible first tee shot I've ever seen for sure."

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