Residence: Orlando, Florida
Rose was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 5. He had a strong amateur career after being inspired to take up the game by his father who died after a two year battle with Leukaemia and played in the GB&I Walker Cup team.
Rose burst to prominence at The Open Championship in 1998. As a 17 year old amateur he holed a dramatic shot from the rough for birdie on the 72nd hole to finish tied for 4th place and while as an amateur he couldn’t pocket the prize money he did take home the prestigious silver medal for the lowest amateur score. He turned professional the following week, but initially struggled badly, missing 21 cuts in a row.
Rose's career soon began to take off as 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 3 further victories in that year.
In 2004, he played mainly on the PGA Tour, while also maintaining his membership of the European Tour. However he slipped out of the top 50 in the world rankings and his ranking continued to fall in early 2005. In March he announced that he was quitting the European Tour and concentrating on playing on the PGA Tour. In August of that year he made an U-turn by announcing his intention to return to the European Tour.
He lost in a playoff at the 2007 BMW PGA Championship, but moved back into the top twenty of the World Rankings for the first time, and by October had reached a new career high of 12 and became the top ranked British golfer. Rose won the European Tour Order of Merit title for 2007 in a thrilling climax to the season at the Volvo Masters, which he won in a playoff on. His new world ranking of number 7 made him the top-ranked European golfer.
Justin made a superb Ryder Cup debut in 2008 playing alongside friend Ian Poulter in foursome and four balls and then defeating Phil Mickelson 3 and 2in the singles, a month after finishing tied ninth US PGA Championship.