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Justin Rose has remembered his roots after agreeing to become Goodwood’s touring professional.

The Ryder Cup star, who grew up in Hampshire, has signed up to become an ambassador to the salubrious estate in West Sussex.

But while the world number six now plays on the US PGA Tour, Rose has already made plans to visit Goodwood in May when he is in the UK for the BMW Championship at Wentworth.

He is clearly taking the new link-up seriously as he is expected to host some coaching clinics for youngsters while he will stay at the estate with his family.

Rose said: ‘I’m delighted to be announcing this partnership with Goodwood, given the history and heritage of the Goodwood Estate and the fantastic facilities that they have to offer there.

‘I’m also excited by their ambitions for the development of their junior golf programme and hope to be a part of their plans for many years to come.’

With four wins on the PGA Tour and a host of silverware on the European Tour, including the Order of Merit in 2007, Rose enjoyed a brilliant season in 2012.

The 32-year-old picked up his first World Golf Championship victory at the Cadillac Championship.

But it was his extraordinary victory over Phil Mickelson at Medinah that played such a key part in Europe’s remarkable Ryder Cup comeback.

Stuart Gillett, general manager of Golf at Goodwood, said: ‘We are thrilled to be working with Justin on the back of his great success last year and his heroics at The Ryder Cup.

‘Justin is the perfect ambassador for us with his success both locally and nationally as a junior – this is an area we are committed to developing here at Goodwood and what better inspiration for the stars of tomorrow.’

The club is also hosting its Easter golf camps, with four days of intensive golf tuition.

There are three camps (March 25-28, April 1-4 and April 8-11) open to both boys and girls aged six-18.

The cost is £299 to stay for the four days or £45 per day for non-residents.

Call 01243 755 133 or visit goodwood.com/golf.