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It's Swede music when Henrik Stenson does his stuff

By Andy Hampson

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson were not surprised their partnership clicked after the Anglo-Swedish pair scored two points for Europe on day one of the Ryder Cup.

Rose and Stenson set the standard for the hosts at Gleneagles by beating Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson convincingly 5&4 in the opening fourballs match.

Captain Paul McGinley then sent them out again in the afternoon and they delivered once more by beating Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson 2&1 in the foursomes.

The pair know each other well as they live across the road from one another in Lake Nona, Florida, and regularly socialise and travel to tournaments together.

Rose said: “It was good. This morning we played a solid match.

“For the first five or six holes we didn't play great but when one of us was out of the hole, the other guy stepped in, so we dovetailed really beautifully and got it going in the middle of the match.

“This afternoon, we really clicked into gear.

“I think Henrik and I were a strong pairing. It was our role to go and put a point on the board and to do a good job for the team and to start things in the right way.”

Rose, 34, displayed calm nerves throughout the day but he dismissed suggestions he was taking over the team talisman role from Ian Poulter, who suffered an opening day loss.

He said: “I don't think so. My record is strong, but Poults' passion for it and his flair — he really revels in that.

“I like to go out and just play a good, hard match and play as good as I can and deliver for my team.”

Rose, meanwhile, was unhappy about the number of mobile phones being used by supporters on the opening day of the Ryder Cup.

Rose felt the use of handheld devices by a high proportion of the crowd at Gleneagles was a distraction — although he stressed it was only a minor irritation on what had been a successful day.

Rose, in tandem with Stenson, registered two crucial points for Europe with victories in the fourballs and foursomes — despite the phones.

He said: “I thought the crowd were really, really good today, apart from phones.

“I've got to say, cameras and phones were pretty poor out there for what I would class as a very knowledgeable golf crowd.

“That was the only (thing), but maybe (it is the) Ryder Cup, maybe not as educated a golf crowd as a normal, Open Championship crowd, for example.

“But otherwise it's been a phenomenal day start to finish.”

Mobile phones are permitted on the course but regulations state that mobile phone cameras cannot be used.

Unauthorised use can result in confiscation, until leaving the site, but this regulation is practically very difficult for marshals to enforce given the high number of spectators. Calls can only be made in designated areas and devices must be switched to silent.

Crowds of around 45,000 were anticipated on course each day while there were 1,500 marshals and 600 police.

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