Justin Rose

Justin Rose - Ryder Cup Team Europe 2012

Justin RoseIt may surprise some, but Justin Rose, was born in South Africa and only moved to England when he was five years old. Rose first burst into prominence in 1998 as a seventeen year old Amateur, when incredibly, he finished 4th in the British Open. He turned professional the following week.

Unfortunately, Justin’s career did not get off to the best of starts and he missed 21 cuts in a row. His luck changed however soon after and he became established on the European Tour. He won his first Tournament in South Africa in 2002, winning the Dunhill Championship and followed this up with three more wins that year.

Although maintaining his card on the European circuit, like many, Justin tried his luck on the USPGA in 2004, but had a poor year that saw him slip out of the top 50. He then decided to quit the European Tour all together, but his decline continued and he fell out of the World’s top 100 by the 2005. Justin was clearly struggling and uncertainly dogged him, he was in fact seriously considering quitting the US Tour to return to Europe, when suddenly his luck changed and he finished third in the prestigious Buick Championship. Several other good results followed and he decided to stay in the US where he has remained ever since. He will be extra keen to acquit himself well in the Ryder and he will be a key member of the European team having been in very good form so far in 2012.

In November 2006 Rose won the Australian Masters and finished a very respectable 5th in the 2007 US Masters. He went on to win the European Tour Order of Merit title for 2007 and has been in top form really ever since including qualifying for the Ryder Cup back in 2008. He missed out in 2012 before bouncing back over the past year to secure automatic qualification for the 2012 team ffor Medinah. Rose won his first World Golf Championship back in March when he won the Cadillac Championship in some style and he is likely to be a key member of the European Team in Chicago.

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