About Justin Rose

By Contributing Writer

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Acknowledged as one of the most affable and engaging pros on both the PGA and European Tours, Justin Rose has quietly amassed many victories throughout the golfing world. Unlike many of his European peers who struggle with the unique demands of the PGA Tour, Rose has embraced the U.S. scene while carving out a successful resume on the European Tour and chalking up victories in Australia.

The Beginning

Born In Johannesburg, South Africa on July 30th, 1980, Rose and his family moved to England when he was five years old. It was at this time he started to play seriously thanks mainly to his father's influence. By the time he was 11, he had broken 70 and was a scratch golfer by the age of 11.

Rose played in the 1997 Walker Cup at the age of 17. Another notable success during his amateur days was a T-4 to win the Silver Medal as the leading amateur in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 1998. The next day, Rose decided to turn professional.

Early PGA Tour results

Rose turned professional in 1998 and joined the PGA Tour in 2004. By the next year, he had made 22 cuts from 28 events and amassed over $1.3 million in earnings. His most significant results during his rookie year came during the Buick Championship in September where he carded a lone third place, while less than two months later he was T-3 at the Funai Classic where he recorded four rounds in the 60s for a score of -21.

Golf World Standings

Rose has seen his world ranking slip to 51st, according to the Official World Golf Rankings, following the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry Golf Club in 2009, where he posted a T-13. As of 2009, this is his worst position since 2005, when he was 86th.

The Best Season So Far

Rose's standout year to date has been 2007, where he made 15 cuts out of 16 PGA Tour tournaments and amassed just under $3 million in prize money. He finished 16th on the points list of the FedEx Cup and moved to seventh in the world, with his successes in Europe adding to a triumphant season.

International Victories

The PGA European Tour has also proved profitable for Rose. His wins in the 2007 MasterCard Masters at Huntingdale Masters Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia and the Volvo Masters at the Club de Valderrama that same year led him to finish number one on the Order of Merit and win the coveted Harry Vardon Trophy for the first time. Other international victories include the 2002 Dunhill Championship and the 2006 Australian Masters.

Ryder Cup

Rose made his Ryder Cup debut in 2008 at Valhalla Golf Club and immediately set to work with an impressive set of wins. With three points from four matches, Rose faced Phil Mickelson during their Sunday singles match and beat the American 3 & 2. Rose's partnership with Ian Poulter led the pair to significant triumphs over the USA partnerships during the Friday afternoon and Saturday morning sessions.