Among the many professional golf players, Justin Rose has cemented himself as one of the best players in the field of golf.
This English Professional Golf Player has many wins under his belt and has kept his membership on the European Tour and played mostly on the PGA Tour.
Let’s get to know Rose better and see how he catapulted himself as one of the respected professional golf player.
Rose was born on July 30, 1980 to English parents in Johannesburg, South Africa.
At the age of 5, the family moved to England and this is when his interest in playing golf was intensified. Tylney Park Golf Club is a golf course that was close to their residence in Hook, Hampshire and Rose spent so much time playing here vigorously.
At an impressive age of 11, he broke 70 for the first time and played in the 1997 Walker Cup at an early age of 17.
He was only 17 years old when he became prominent worldwide during the 1998 Open Championship held at Royal Birkdale. He holed a remarkable shot from the rough from about 50 yards for birdie on the 18th hole, finishing in a tie for fourth and winning the silver medal for the low amateur. He turned professional the following day.
Rose and his long-time girlfriend Kate Phillips – a former international gymnast – got married in December 2006. They have 2 kids, Leo who was born in February 2009 and Lottie born in January 2012. They own a riverside flat in the London suburb of Putney and a house in Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida.
Rose has a strong advocacy for sustainable golf facilities and serves as an ambassador to the STRI’s Golf Environment Awards where he hosts receptions for winners.
He received an MBE award for his extensive services to golf after he got his Olympic gold medal on December 30, 2016.
Challenging Early Years in Golf
Rose had initial rough years after he turned professional. He did not make the cut in his first 21 consecutive events.
Though in 1999, he earned his first European Tour card when he finished 4th in the qualifying school, he failed to retain his card the next season and had to revisit the qualifying school, where he finished 9th.
Though he experienced too much struggles on his early years as a professional, his career made a better turn and on the European Tour.
2001 was a good year for him where he opened the season with consecutive second-place finishes in South Africa, his country of birth. He managed to be included on the top-40 on the Order of Merit and grabbed his first winning in a professional event Dunhill Championship
There is no way but up for Rose as he had three further victories in that year – a win on the Japanese Golf Tour at the Crowns Tournament, another win in South Africa at the Nashua Masters and he won his second European Tour title at the Victor Chandler British Masters.
He was number 33 in the Official World Golf Ranking in 2003. He stayed mostly in America playing for on the PGA Tour in 2004 while he managed to maintain his membership on the European Tour.
2004 was not a good year for him though as he slipped out of the top 50 in the world rankings though he was able to keep his tour card because he earned in excess of one million dollar.
His ranking was continuously declining in the early 2005 and he made an announcement to quit the European Tour and concentrate playing on the PGA Tour in March of 2005. He had completely fallen out of the World’s top 100 by the middle of the year.
The Start of His Success as a Professional Golf Player
He made a turn-around in August of that year when he expressed his intention to rejoin the European Tour. He made the best result of the year in the preceding week when he led the Buick Championship after three rounds before slipping to a third-place finish. He won the Australian Masters in November 2006 and claimed his first title for four years.
He moved into the top twenty of the World Rankings in 2007 and became the top-ranked British golfer. On that same year, Rose won the European Tour Order of Merit title at the Volvo Masters and moved his world ranking to number 7, ensuring his slot as the top-ranked European golfer for the first time. Since 2007, he stayed over 35 weeks in the top 10.
2010 marked Rose’s first win in American soil when he won over Rickie Fowler by three strokes on the Memorial Tournament. He got his first title for the year in 2011 and third wins for the PGA Tour when he won the BMW Championship, the third of the four FedEx Cup playoff events at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club.
It was in 2012 that Rose won his first at the World Golf Championship event at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral Golf Resort & Spa. This made Rose’s comeback to the world’s top ten, regaining at number 7.
The 2012 PGA Championship marked his best performance in a major championship with a tie for 3rd finish. He contributed a major part in the dramatic comeback of Team Europe against the United States at the 2012 Ryder Cup.
On October 12, 2012, he defeated Lee Westwood by a single stroke in the final and grabbed the 8-man Turkish Airlines World Golf Final title. He also defeated Tiger Woods by a stroke in the semi-final.
He rose to number 3 in the world rankings when he finished second to Tiger Woods at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25, 2013.
Other tournaments that Rose made an impressive performance include maiden The U.S. Open (June 2013), Quicken Loans National (June 2014), Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open (July 2014), 2014 Ryder Cup, 2015 Masters Tournament, UBS Hong Kong Open (October 2015), 2016 Olympics, 2017 The Masters and 2017 World Golf Championship.