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Rose wary of golf push to shorter version

Press Association logoPress Association 24/05/2017 Phil Casey

Olympic champion Justin Rose believes new formats should remain an occasional diversion from golf's traditional 72-hole strokeplay events.

Rose partnered Ryder Cup team-mate Henrik Stenson as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans switched to a team event earlier this season.

The European Tour went even further with GolfSixes, which saw two-man teams representing 16 nations play in a six-hole matchplay format.

"I think that there's a market for something that is catered towards a shorter attention span and being able to get content in a different way," Rose said ahead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

"It's for people who are much smarter than me to figure out how to deliver that, and to figure out what the perfect format is and how much of that is needed.

"But I am also a traditionalist in the fact that I believe that 72-hole strokeplay is the way to get the best winner.

"If you take the Tour in a direction where you're going to have 10, 12, 15 of these (new) events, that might saturate it too much.

"And then obviously you're going to have trouble with how do you have world ranking points and how do you always try and get the best winner out of that week?

"I would support it a couple of times a year, but for me it would be the exception rather than the rule."

Rose has played just once since losing a play-off for the Masters to Ryder Cup teammate Sergio Garcia, the world No.9 finishing 65th in the Players Championship after a final round of 80 at Sawgrass.

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