2008 Ryder Cup Matches | European Tour | Justin Rose

Justin Rose left South Africa, his country of birth, in 1985 at the age of five and moved to the UK.

As an amateur golfer, Rose won four events – the English Boys Stroke Play Championship and the McGregor Trophy in 1995, the St Andrews Links Trophy in 1997 and the Peter McEvoy Trophy in 1998.

At the 1998 Open Championship, Justin Rose drew much attention when he finished tied for fourth after holing a dramatic shot from the fairway for a birdie on the 18th. He was 17 years old at the time, and his career as a professional golfer began a week later. It was not a sweet start though, as he missed 21 cuts in a row. It signalled the beginning of a rollercoaster career.

Justin Rose went on to establish his name on the European Tour. Interestingly, it was in South Africa where he won his first professional event, the 2002 Dunhill Championship. That year, three more victories followed – the Nashua Masters, The Crowns and The Open Championship.

Justin Rose has represented England in the World Cup a total of three times, in 2002, 2003 and 2007. He has played for Great Britain & Ireland in the Seve Trophy twice, in 2003 and 2007 – both years in which his team won the trophy.

He was number 33 in the Official World Golf Rankings in 2003, but from then on he continued to slip considerably, falling out of the top 100 by the end of 2005. It was not until November 2006 that Rose claimed a further major title. He began to show remarkable consistency in his performance, enjoying a top-five finish at the 2007 Masters. This boosted his world ranking to number 26. From there, his ranking just kept climbing.

By October 2007, Justin Rose was the top-ranked golfer in Britain after winning the European Tour Order of Merit title at the Volvo Masters. He also reached a world ranking of number 7.

Professional Wins

  • 2002: Victor Chandler British Masters, on the European Tour; Chunichi Crowns, on the Japan Tour; Nashua Masters, on the Sunshine Tour; Dunhill Championship, on the European Tour
  • 2004: Bilt Skins, India
  • 2006: Mastercard Masters, on the European Tour
  • 2007: European Tour Order of Merit; Volvo Masters, on the European Tour

We’ll be waiting to see whether Justin Rose plays for Team Europe in the 2008 Ryder Cup Matches.