Reuters - Thu, 03 Jun 23:52:00 2010
Justin Rose is a long way down the European Ryder Cup standings, but firmly believes he can play his way onto the team for the October event in Wales.
"I reckon I'm two wins away (from making the team automatically), so I've just got to play my heart out without thinking about results," the Briton said after taking the first-round clubhouse lead at the Memorial tournament on Thursday.
"I believe my game's good enough and if I match it all up I will be at the Ryder Cup.
"I've got a great Ryder Cup record, I enjoy match play, even from my amateur career I've got a great match play record.
"You've got to be a contender for a pick if you're playing well. He (captain Colin Montgomerie) wants an in-form team.
"I feel I've got enough experience under my belt where it wouldn't be like picking a rookie, so if I'm playing good I should be half a chance."
Rose, 29, says he will adjust his schedule in the later stages of the qualifying period if necessary, as he did in 2008.
"In '08 I played three or four weeks in Europe to make sure I made the team. If I'm close to getting in and need to pick up points, I'll add tournaments again."
Nine players will automatically make the European team - four from a world points list and five from a European Tour money list - while Montgomerie will have three captain's picks at the end of the qualifying period in August.
Rose currently languishes 27th on the world points list, but will rocket up the standings with a strong finish this week.
He recorded three victories and one loss in his Ryder Cup debut two years ago, one of only three players with a winning record on the losing European team.
Europe will attempt to regain the cup from the United States at Celtic Manor from October 1-3.