x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Tournament choice may see Justin Rose's Ryder Cup hopes wilt

If the Englishman doesn't qualify for Europe's team automatically, his decision to play in the United States last weekend may come back to haunt him.

Justin Rose became only the third Englishman in history to win three times on the PGA Tour with his victory on Sunday.

A few hours before Rose holed his winning putt at the BMW Championship, his best friend Ian Poulter was enjoying a celebration of his own. He had been part of the Great Britain and Ireland team to win the Seve Trophy in Paris and afterwards tweeted, "nothing beats team golf".

Poulter is certain to make Europe's Ryder Cup team next year and you would think Rose could all but write his name in stone as well, especially as the event takes place on American soil.

But here is the rub. Rose opted out of the Seve Trophy to take part in the FedExCup, something which would have been noticed by Jose Maria Olazabal, the European Ryder Cup captain.

Rose won twice on the PGA Tour in 2010 and wasn't one of Colin Montgomerie's wild cards, because he elected to stay in the US when the Johnny Walker Championship took place in Scotland.

It makes you wonder what Olazabal made of Rose opting out of the Seve Trophy and, with European golf stronger than ever, he could afford to leave out a multi-winner on the PGA Tour.

Nick Faldo and Tony Jacklin, the two other Englishmen with three US wins, went out of their way to make the Ryder Cup.

If Rose doesn't qualify automatically, will his decision to stay in the States count against him?

It would be wise of him to say the right things to a certain Spaniard, or risk disappointment again.