The European pair are friends away from the course, and after they were given the honour of playing in the first match of the three-day competition, Rose told of his excitement before teeing off at 7.35am on Friday morning.
The 34-year-old told Sky Sports News: "It's fantastic. I know Henrik really well but what I like more is that he is a fantastic player.
"Henrik is one of the best players in the world, a wonderful ball striker, and a great competitor as we all saw last year. I'm really excited to get out there with him."