There's an irony here somewhere.
Writing in first person for Golf.com, Rose says he doesn't want his head clogged with any unnecessary thoughts while he is playing for his livelihood and doesn't want to put a governor on his mouth. Of course, the networks are hoping nobody self-edits themselves at all, which is the whole idea behind the push to mike players. To make an often sleep-inducing game more appealing to the masses.
Wrote Rose, a two-time winner last year on the PGA Tour and a former Ryder Cup player:
"I've worn a mike on the golf course before — at the Tavistock Cup," he wrote. "Physically, I was oblivious to it after the first hole, but the effects lasted the entire round. I try to feel as free as possible with my game, and I don't want to be too mindful and conservative while I'm on the course. When I'm having a conversation with my caddie, Mark (Fouch) Fulcher, or a playing partner, I don't want to feel self-conscious.
"If I'm in a frustrating situation, sometimes I need to vent. In the heat of battle I may walk up to find my ball in a divot after hitting a great shot and get upset. I'm generally comfortable with my attitude and how I handle myself, but in golf that's not going to happen every time.
"In the first round last week we were getting a ruling and it was taking a long time. When the guys behind us hit tee shots up the fairway, I felt as if they were getting a little too close and hassling us. Then, one of them was standing in my line of sight as I was putting, and I three-putted. I felt a little frustrated by a fellow competitor, who is a friend. I'm sure it wasn't intentional, but I expressed my annoyance to Fouch, which would come across badly on tape.
"There's also a lot that goes on that's considered intellectual property. It's a competitive disadvantage if players can listen in on other players' conversations. Each guy is different, but I like to talk strategy with Fouch. We'll have chats that help me stay in the moment, and there are things he'll remind me to do.
"Regarding course strategy, there might be a bunker shot that most guys play straight for the pin, but they don't realize that if they hit 20 feet up a ridge — a much easier shot — the ball will roll back to six feet. It's difficult to gain an edge, and I don't want to give up any that I have."