Rose shrugs off wasp sting

Justin Rose revealed he paid for an errant drive during his morning foursomes match in more ways than one.

Rose and his playing partner Henrik Stenson were already 2-up playing the ninth when the Englishman leaked his tee shot into the hazard.

While he was looking for his ball, Rose found more than he bargained for and was stung by a wasp.

“He leaked one down that hazard on nine and while looking for the ball he was stung by a wasp,” said Stenson.

“He said ‘I probably deserved that after the second shot’. He seems to be okay.

“I ‘high-fived’ him right on that stingy bit on the thumb after he made the putt on 10 and he could still continue so I guess he’s all right.”

The minor injury did not deter Rose in the slightest, however. He and Stenson won two more holes on the back nine before going on to sweep Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 5&4.

And the sting clearly left no lasting damage, as captain Paul McGinley promptly sent out the victorious duo again for the afternoon fourballs, this time to take on Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson.

“That’s the job, that’s the role. When you go out one, that’s the position the captain obviously put you into to go deliver a point,” said Rose.

“That’s what me and the ice man came to do today. We got off to a good start and we know how key that was.

“The course was playing hard early and we managed to steal a few birdies when we could.”