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Ryder Cup: Sting in the tale is no problem for England's Justin Rose

By Carl Markham

England's Justin Rose made light of a wasp sting as he and Henrik Stenson coasted to victory to put Europe's first point on the board in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

The pair were already two up playing the ninth when Rose, who played impressively throughout, went off line and encountered his minor problem.

While he was struggling with a pain in his hand Stenson birdied to put them further ahead and Rose won another two holes on the back nine as they swept aside Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 5&4.

"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."

Rose obviously was all right as he was sent back out with his Swedish partner for the afternoon foursomes, albeit in the second group out, to repeat the feat, this time against 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."

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