Justin Peter Rose
(born 30 July 1980) is a South African-born English professional golfer
Early life and career
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. 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... Read More