Justin Rose says golf is currently in a “really healthy spot” and has prospered despite the absence of Tiger Woods.
Rose admits he would welcome the return to competitive golf of a healthy Woods, who just this week was given the green light by doctors to practice with no restrictions.
“I think golf has found itself in a really healthy spot without Tiger at the moment,” Rose, 37, said via teleconference, as it was announced he will play in next month’s Hong Kong Open.
“So many young players have come through and filled the void. I think to have him back is just a bonus. I don’t think golf is desperate for him back”, said Rose.
Rose went on to say, “Everyone just wants to see a healthy Tiger Woods. It’s almost gone past the point of thinking ‘Oh we all really want to see Tiger win 18 majors’.”
Rose added: “I think that we want him back, just because of what’s he’s meant to the sport for the last 20 years.”
Rose will join Sergio Garcia, the defending Masters Champions, next month at Fanling for the Hong Kong Open.
Rose, a Hong Kong winner in 2015, said he was still disappointed to of lost the Masters so narrowly to the Spaniard this year, but added that he was looking forward to the rematch.
“It was great to see him breakthrough and win his first Major — but unfortunately it was against me,” he said.