Justin Rose Profile

Name Justin Rose
Short Name Rosey
Born Jul 30, 1980
Age 40 years
Birthplace Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 6ft 3ins

Having stunned the world with his performance at the 1998 British Open when still a teenager, Justin Rose's rise to the top of world golf was not straightforward, but it revealed his true character.

South African-born Englishman Justin Rose is a genuine world golfer who holds dual membership on the PGA Tour and the European Tour.

Rose became men's golf's first Olympic gold medallist in 2016 and the win in Brazil ensured that he became just the fifth golfer to win a tournament on each of the six continents where the game is played.

His triumph in Rio came three years after he made his breakthrough at Major Championship level with victory in the 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club.

Rose had burst onto the world golfing scene with a sensational performance at the 1998 British Open when, as a teenage amateur, he finished fourth.

He quickly turned professional and struggled, but he recovered to win the Order of Merit on the European Tour in 2007 and moved into the world's top ten.

He is a two-time World Golf Championship winner and in 2018 Rose won the lucrative FedExCup Playoffs, with it becoming the number one ranked golfer in the world for the first time.

In 2017 he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to the game of golf.

Amateur career

Rose's amateur career was a short but eventful one that culminated with his breakthrough performance at the British Open in 1998.

His parents returned to England shortly after he was born in Johannesburg and Rose would learn how to play golf at the North Hants Golf Club and Tylney Park Golf Club, both of which were close to his home.

He began to make waves in the British amateur scene and in 2007, at the age of 17, he was selected to face the United States in the Walker Cup.

Justin Rose at the 1998 British Open.

Encouraged by his Open performance, which won the hearts of the galleries, Rose turned professional, a decision that appeared to be folly in the seasons that followed as Rose struggled to adjust to life in the paid ranks.

Turning pro

As a young professional Rose cut the figure of a fish out of water and he missed the cut in the first 21 tournaments that he entered.

He failed to earn his tour card in the 1998 Qualifying School and though he would eventually claim a spot for the 2000 season, he immediately lost that card after another poor season.

A return to South Africa would spark Rose's career into life as he claimed a pair of second-place finishes that set him up to place in the top 40 on the European Tour in 2001.

Attempts to split his time between Europe and North America did not yield a great deal of success and after ten years of being a professional, Rose had just four European Tour wins to his name.

First wins on PGA Tour

Rose earned his big breakthrough on American soil in 2010, launching from a third place in the Honda Classic to win the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

He shot 18-under 270 at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course and a little less than a month later he would get his hands on another trophy, the AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods at Aronimink.

With victory at the 2011 BMW Championships, Rose began to establish himself as a regular contender for honors both in Europe and on the PGA Tour.

Indeed, Rose would win at least once a year on the PGA Tour during the 2010s.

US Open glory

In early 2013, Rose reached a career-high third in the world rankings after finishing second to Woods at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Then, in June, he ended a 17-year wait for an English Major winner when he won the US Open by two strokes over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

Rose had started the final round two strokes back of the leader Mickelson, but he produced a superb response to dropping a shot at the 11th and earned what would ultimately be a relatively straightforward first Major victory.

That win moved Rose back to third on the rankings and more importantly announced his arrival as a big championship player. He was the first Englishman to win the US Open in 43 years.

In 2014 Rose played a key role in Europe's Ryder Cup win grabbing four points for his team with a 3-0-2 performance.

The rise to world number one

Rose mounted a serious challenge at the 2015 Masters but was overwhelmed by a record score from Jordan Spieth. Rose's consistent performances around the world were, however, allowing him to plot a path up the rankings.

Later that year Rose would claim his seventh PGA Tour win and his eighth triumph on the European Tour.

With a number of players seemingly not keen on the event, Rose decided to focus on the Olympic Games tournament in 2016, a decision that would pay dividends.

Rose made a hole-in-one during the event and is credited with having a positive effect on both golf's attitude to the sport's reintroduction to the Games and Team GB morale.

For example, he gifted the ball used for that ace to gymnast Nile Wilson, who would win a bronze medal in the horizontal bar later in the Games.

The victory also meant that Rose moved to number one in the world rankings for the first time.

The Ryder Cup

Rose is a five-time European Ryder Cup performer and in his time he has been involved in some epic clashes with the United States.

His 2008 debut was a tough one, in defeat, but he won three points from his four matches.

He won another three points in the 2012 and 2014 victories, then two points in 2016 and 2018.

His partnership with fellow-Englishman and good friend Ian Poulter, a union forged on the Challenge Tour when both were building their careers, was a strong one and his pairing with Henrik Stenson even better.

In all he has won 13 of his 23 Ryder Cup matches, halving two.

Justin Rose's personal life

Rose's childhood was split between South Africa and England, learning to play golf after moving back to his parents' homeland at the age of five.

His father Ken suffered a prolonged battle with cancer which he succumbed to in 2003, ten years later, Rose would dedicate his US Open triumph on Father's Day to his dear departed dad.

Rose married long-time girlfriend Kate Philips in 2006, and the couple have since produced two children, a boy named Leo and a girl named Lottie.

Justin Rose with his good friend Ian Poulter.

The couple combined in 2020 to create the Justin Rose Ladies Series, a schedule of one-day events in the United Kingdom designed to support the women's game when the Ladies European Tour was ravaged by COVID19 restrictions.

The family own a house in the Bahamas as well as a riverside apartment in London.

Justin Rose's net worth

According to the latest available estimates, Rose has a net worth of somewhere in the region of $40million.

Rose has endorsement deals with Bonobos, Hublot, Mastercard, Morgan Stanley and Zurich Insurance Group among others.

He broke ties with TaylorMade in 2018 to sign a new equipment deal with Japanese brand Honma. At the same time, Rose also made a switch from Adidas to Bonobos as his official apparel supplier.

In 2018 he made $18.4million in winnings and a further $14million in endorsement deals.

He pulled out of the Honma deal in mid-2020.

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