Justin Rose targets team success alongside Charley Hull at Grant Thornton Invitational in Florida
English duo Justin Rose and Charley Hull join forces for the inaugural Grant Thornton Invitational, a team event where PGA Tour players team up with an LPGA Tour golfer
Rose made his sixth appearance for Team Europe earlier this year after being named one of Luke Donald’s captain’s picks, where the former world No 1 won 1.5 points from his three matches to help the hosts to a 16.5-11.5 victory in Rome.
The Englishman partners Hull this week in Florida, where a PGA Tour player plays alongside an LPGA Tour player for three days of team competition under different formats, with Rose looking forward to seeing his compatriot in action.
“Getting a world-class player like that really helped the Rose Ladies Series get some attention and get it up and running too, so I definitely owe Charley some thanks for that for one.
“I think this team was born because we’re two English players and we thought it would be a fun pairing. She’s obviously a great talent and I was really excited to have the opportunity to play with her.
“She’s an unbelievable player, a lot of fun to be around and – without having spent much time with her- I’m really looking forward to getting to really getting to know her better that week.”
Rose also won the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year, while Hull finished runner-up in two majors and contended in numerous events on both the LPGA Tour and LPGA Tour.
The opening round will be a scramble format and Saturday’s action for be foursomes, while a modified four-ball format – where both players switch balls after the tee shot – will be used for the final round.
“I think we’ve got very different games in a way,” Rose added. “I feel like I’m a bit methodical and feel like I can plot my way around, whereas I feel like she’s more instinctive, more grip it and rip it and really just gets after it.
Rose’s Ryder Cup team-mate Ludvig Åberg features alongside Madelene Sagstrom, while American Billy Horschel features with Andrea Lee and women’s world No 1 Lilia Vu teams up with Joel Dahmen.