PGA Championship winner Donald wants Ryder Cup pairing with Rose
13:00 GMT, 28 May 2012
Justin Rose may have been Luke Donald's rival on Sunday, but the double PGA Championship winner has a vision of the duo being paired together at the Ryder Cup in Illinois in September.
'I think we would make a good partnership in fourballs or foursomes,' Donald said after landing the coveted PGA title for the second year in a row at Wentworth.
No 1: Luke Donald believes he would be an ideal partner for Justin Rose
'Justin is a solid player and I don't have any doubts he'll be in the team. I think captain Jose Maria Olazabal is going to have the satisfaction of having a lot of people to pick from, and that's always a good thing.'
Donald compared the attributes of Rose, the world number 10, to those of third-ranked Lee Westwood.
'Justin has the game to win a U.S. Open for sure,' he said of his fellow Englishman.
Rivals: Justin Rose (left) and Donald (right) played against each other at Wentworth
'He hits it very good off the tee and has a similar kind of game to Lee.
'He strikes it solid and doesn't make a lot of mistakes. I'm sure he's working on just getting a little bit better on the greens, but he's certainly making big strides in that area too.
'I see a lot of great things coming from Justin.'
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Donald has produced some magnificent golf in the last 18 months, especially with his masterful short game and putting.
'It helps to feel very confident on the greens,' said the 34 year old, after his four-shot victory at Wentworth pushed him to the top of the world rankings for the fourth time in 12 months.
'It has always been a strength of mine, especially in the last four or five years – it's a big, big weapon to have in my arsenal.'
Rose heaped praise on Donald after finishing in a share of second spot with 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie, and said Donald 'certainly played like a champion'
Playing the short game: Donald's putting is one of the reasons he is No 1
'The difference was his putter' Rose added. 'He buried a lot of putts in the middle of the round.
'He played really well and there were no loose shots from him coming down the stretch. With his short game and the way he makes 20 and 30-footers – he's tough to beat.'