Six years since making his Ryder Cup debut at the course, Justin Rose returns to Valhalla this week as he bids to win the PGA Championship.
The Hampshire ace proved to be Europe’s brightest star in the 2008 showdown with the USA, winning three out of four points – although even that was not enough to keep the trophy out of American hands.
But Rose will head to Kentucky armed with some fond memories of how he played the course, which is the venue for the final major of this year.
He admits, however, that they aren’t necessarily too fresh in his mind.
“It’s somewhat vague, to be honest with you,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to again figuring out the course.
“They’ve changed the greens extensively since we played. All the notes we had kind of go out the window.”
Rose, the world number five, is in excellent form heading into the PGA.
Victories in the Quicken Loans National and the Scottish Open were followed by a top-25 at the Open Championship and a share of fourth place at last week’s World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational.
“All in all, (it was) another good week – four rounds par or better around this golf course,” said Rose after his latest event at Firestone.
“In the Open Championship I was par or better all four rounds. That probably puts me at 17-15 par-or-better rounds in a row, so I’m playing good going into next week.”
Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, also says he is feeling energised ahead of the season’s fourth major. “Obviously, I won going into the last major, which didn’t work out for me,” he said, referring to the Open.
“I’m hoping now this was just the form I needed. I didn’t really use up anything over the weekend.”