JUSTIN ROSE professional golfer BIOGRAPHY While others faltered around him, Justin Rose fired a final-round 66 to pick up his first PGA TOUR victory. Justin Peter Rose (born 30 July 1980) is an English professional golfer. Rose was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to the United Kingdom at the age of five.
Rose burst to prominence at The Open Championship in 1998. As a seventeen year old amateur he holed a dramatic shot from the rough for birdie on the 18th to finish tied for fourth. He turned professional the following week, but initially struggled badly, missing 21 cuts in a row. Rose's career soon began to take off, however, and he became established on the European Tour. He won his first professional event, the Dunhill Championship in South Africa, in 2002, and followed this up with three further victories in that year. In 2003, he reached number 33 in the Official World Golf Rankings. In 2004, he played mainly in America on the PGA Tour, while also maintaining his membership of the European Tour. He did not have a good year, and slipped out of the top 50 in the world rankings.
His ranking continued to fall in early 2005, and in March he announced that he was quitting the European Tour and concentrating on playing in the U.S. This had no apparent effect on his poor form, and by the middle of the year he had fallen out of the World Top 100. In August of that year he made an about face by announcing his intention to return to the European Tour. Later the same week he had his best result of the year, leading the Buick Championship after three rounds before slipping to a third place finish. One or two further good results followed late in the 2005 season, and he stayed on the PGA Tour after all.
In September 2006 at the Canadian Open, Rose led a PGA Tour tournament going into the final round for the first time. But slipped up with a final round 74 which moved him down the field. He went on to finish 2nd at the FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort and finished 47th on the money list with US$1.629 million in prize money. In November 2006 he won the Australian Masters, to claim his first title for four years. His renewed consistency, including a top 5 finish at the 2007 Masters has seen him surpass his previous best world ranking, by reaching number 26 on 8 April 2007.
Rose lost in a playoff at the 2007 BMW PGA Championship, but moved into the top twenty of the World Rankings for the first time, and by October had reached a new career high of 12 and became the top ranked British golfer. Rose won the European Tour Order of Merit title for 2007 in a thrilling climax to the season at the Volvo Masters, which he won in a playoff on 4 November. His new world ranking of number 7 made him the top-ranked European golfer for the first time, and he subsequently moved up to sixth in the rankings. He has spent over 30 weeks in the top-10 since 2007.
Rose married long-time girlfriend Kate Phillips, a British former international gymnast, in December 2006. They have a house in Lake Nona, Florida, and a riverside flat in the London suburb of Putney. Kate gave birth to their first child, a son named Leo, on 21 February 2009.
* 1995 English Boys Stroke Play Championship Under 16, McGregor Trophy, English Boys Stroke Play Championship, Under 18, Carris Trophy
* 1997 St Andrews Links Trophy
* 1998 Peter McEvoy Trophy
Justin Rose ended years of near misses to land his first title in America and Ulsterman Graeme
Englishman Justin Rose ended years of near misses to land his first title in America and Ulsterman Graeme McDowell won a thriller at the Wales Open in a remarkable day’s golf on both sides of the Atlantic.
Outside the majors, Rose could hardly have picked a sweeter title for his first success than Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial tournament.
Among those trailing behind him was Masters champion Phil Mickelson and world No 1 Tiger Woods.
So good was Rose it was hard to believe that not only had he never won in America before in more than 160 attempts, but had spent the last 18 months in such a slump that he had slipped to 66th in the world.
Given his class and determination it couldn’t last, and a marvellous final-round 66 allowed him to catch American boy wonder Rickie Fowler — he trailed by four shots at the start of play — and win by three shots on 270.
Nicklaus, who greeted Rose as he came off the 18th green, said: ‘Justin has long been one of my favourite people in golf and I am absolutely thrilled for him.
'What a fantastic performance.’
Rose’s victory marks another landmark for English golf, which is enjoying unprecedented success. Perhaps Rose can go on and join Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter in the world’s top 10.