- Full name Justin Rose
- Birth date July 30, 1980
- Birth place Johannesburg
- Current age 36 years 178 days
- Height 6 ft 3 in
Justin Rose is regarded as one of England's finest current players but for a long time he struggled to live up to the hype after finishing fourth in the Open at Royal Birkdale as an amateur in 1998.
Not that Rose has fallen off the radar, as he has proved a consistent performer and won the Order of Merit in 2007 thanks to a superb success in the Volvo Masters at Valderrama.
Rose found life tough after turning pro, but four wins in 2002 - British Masters, Chunichi Crowns, Nashua Masters and Dunhill Championship - proved his class on the world stage.
Rose was born in Johannesburg, but moved to England at the age of five and honed his skills on the courses near his Hampshire home.
He has secured top-ten finishes in each of the four majors and played in the 2008 Ryder Cup.
Rose claimed his first win on the PGA Tour with victory at the Memorial Tournament in June 2010, and he swiftly doubled his haul by triumphing at the AT&T National the next month.
The BMW Championship followed in 2011 before Rose claimed what to that point was thhe biggest title of his career to date, the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Florida, and returned to the world's top 10.
He was then a key part of Europe's 2012 Ryder Cup success, taking a point off Phil Mickelson in the singles to swing the momentum of the final day firmly in Europe's favour, and capped the season with victory at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, beating Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood for victory in Turkey.
2013, however, would be his banner year - as he broke through at a major championship. It came at the US Open, and again it came at the expense of Mickelson. Rose shot 70 in the final round at Merion to win by two shots, condemning Mickelson to a sixth runner-up finish in the event he was desperate to win.
Rose described victory in Ardmore as "the pinnacle" of his career.
Holing his final shot from off the green to finish fourth and win the Silver Medal as an amateur at the 1998 Open was probably pretty high up there - but making a four at the 18th to clinch the US Open in 2013 surely tops that.
It went a little awry for Rose after his heroics at Birkdale and he has freely admitted that he let the pressure of turning pro get the better of him - leading to a slump in form that took four years and 21 missed cuts to emerge from.
"This has been a year of two halves. By the time I got to the US Open [in June] I was struggling and decided to change my coach from Nick Bradley to Sean. With such a change, you become excited and enthused and in the time since I have noticed some big improvements in my game. I have missed only one cut and that by one shot. I feel I am finishing strongly on Sundays."
Turned pro the day after winning the silver medal as the leading amateur in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
- Scott cashes in at The Barclays (Aug 25, 2013)
- McIlroy makes charge, Kuchar leads (Aug 23, 2013)
- Mickelson withdraws from Grand Slam of Golf (Aug 21, 2013)
- Poulter admits Rose major motivation (Jul 8, 2013)
Rose out of AT&T National citing fatigue (Jun 25, 2013)