2013 PGA Grand Slam of Golf Player Profile: Justin Rose

Justin Rose Profile

Age: 33
Hometown: London, England/Orlando, Fla.
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Birthdate: July 30, 1980
College: None
Turned Professional: 1998


Years Played: First appearance
Best Finish: First appearance
Money Won: First appearance


Total Victories: 11
PGA Tour Victories:: 5 (2010 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, AT&T National. 2011 BMW Championship. 2012 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. 2013 U.S. Open.)
International Victories: 6 (2002 Dunhill Championship [Eur], Chunichi Crowns [Jpn], Nashau Masters [SAf], Victor Chandler British Masters [Eur]. 2006 Australian Masters [Aus]. 2007 Volvo Masters [Eur].)
Major Victories: 1 (2013 U.S. Open)


Justin Rose was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to England at the age of 5 where he started to play golf seriously at [Tylney Park Golf Club, near his then Hampshire home. Rose broke 70 for the first time at the age of 11, and was a plus-1 handicap by 14. He played in the Walker Cup in 1997 as a 17-year-old.

The following year Rose burst to world-wide prominence at 1998 Open Championship. During the final round at Royal Birkdale, he holed a dramatic shot from the rough from about 50 yards for birdie on the 18th hole to finish in a tie for fourth. He won the silver medal for the low amateur. The following day he turned professional.

After turning professional, Rose struggled badly in his early career. He missed the cut in his first 21 consecutive events. He earned his first European Tour card in 1999 when he finished fourth at the qualifying school. The following season he failed to retain his card, and had to revisit the qualifying school, where he finished ninth.

Despite his early struggles, Rose's career soon began to take off and he became established on the European Tour. In 2001 he opened the season with consecutive second-place finishes in the country of his birth, South Africa. He went on to finish the year in top 40 on the Order of Merit. 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. They included another win in South Africa at the Nashua Masters, a win on the Japanese Golf Tour at the Crowns Tournament, and then he won his second European Tour title at the Victor Chandler British Masters, edging out Ian Poulter in the final round.

Rose won the 2007 Order of Merit on the European Tour and was ranked in the World top 10 for 34 weeks between November 2007-July 2008. In March 2012, Rose won his first World Golf Championship event at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and as a result he re-entered the world top 10. After finishing second to Tiger Woods in the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational, he rose to a career high world ranking of third.

On 16 June 2013, Rose won his maiden major championship at the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club by two strokes over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. He became the first Englishman in 43 years to win the U.S. Open. He also ended a 17 year major drought for English golfers since Nick Faldo's win at the 1996 Masters.

Rose had entered the final round two strokes behind the leader Mickelson at 1 over par, after rounds of 71-69-71 during the first three days. He found himself further back after bogeys at the third and fifth holes, sandwiching a birdie at the fourth. Successive birdies at the sixth and the seventh took him into a share of the lead. He misread his birdie putt at the 11th, which led to a bogey to fall back to 1 over for the tournament, as simultaneously Mickelson was holing his second shot from the fairway at the 10th to move into the lead. However, Rose responded with birdies at the 12th and 13th, to get under par for the tournament and into a one-shot lead once again. He could not get up and down from a greenside bunker on the 14th and a further bogey on the 16th dropped Rose back to level for the day, but Mickelson made bogeys at the 13th and 15th to remain one shot behind Rose.

After a par at the 17th, Rose hit a spectacular 4-iron approach to the tough 18th hole, which resulted in a final par of the day to reach the clubhouse at 1 over par. Mickelson, needing a birdie at the last to tie Rose and force a playoff, blocked his drive and could not reach the green in two. In a last attempt, Mickelson ran his pitch shot up to the pin, but could not hole it, which meant that Rose had claimed his first major championship. Rose moved back up to world No. 3 as a result, to equal his career-high ranking.

Rose is an advocate of sustainable golf facilities and works as an ambassador to the STRI's Golf Environment Awards, hosting receptions for winners. He married long-time girlfriend Kate Phillips, a 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, Leo, in February 2009. In January 2012, they had a baby girl, Lottie.