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After bursting onto the scene as a 17-year old unknown Amateur at the 1998 British Open, Justin Rose has enjoyed a slow but steady climb up the world rankings. His Silver Medal for finishing as the highest amateur in the event at the British Open (and fourth overall), may well have opened the door to an early switch to professionalism, but it hasn’t always been plain sailing for the South-African born Englishman who now calls Orlando, Florida home.

In this feature, we’ll look at Rose, what’s in his bag for 2013 and what he is expecting from himself over the next coming years as one of the world’s top golfers.

 

 

FACTFILE:

Player Name: Justin Rose

Place of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa

Age: 32

Club Sponsor: Taylor Made

Major Wins (0) : US Masters (0), US Open (0), Open Championship (0), USPGA Championship (0)

Other Tournament Wins : 13

Current World Ranking: 4th

 

 

In The Bag with Justin Rose 2013

Driver: Taylor Made Rocketballz Driver

Fairway Woods: Taylor Made Rocketballz Your Fairway

Hybrids/Rescue Club (if used): Taylor Made Rescue 11 (pictured)

Irons: Taylor Made Tour Preferred Forged MB Irons

Wedges: Taylor Made ATV Wedge

Putter: Taylor Made Ghost Tour Series DA-12 Putter

Ball: Taylor Made Lethal Ball

 

 

Career Highlights: Although Rose may argue that his WGC Cadillac Championship win in 2012, which catapulted him up the rankings, may be his biggest highlight of his career so far, but his performance in the Ryder Cup later that year in defeating Phil Mickelson was arguably an even greater achievement. There is also the famous shot he hit on the final hole of the 1998 British Open, which launched him to worldwide fame and saw him turn pro the day after he finished fourth in the entire event as an amateur.

 

 

Career Lowpoints: Rose’s lowpoint came almost immediately after turning professional when, after all the fanfare of his performance in the 1998 British Open, the 17 year old found it tough being a full-time professional, missing the cut in his first 21 events and then struggling with his game for a couple of years so much so that he had to qualify for his place on the tour twice through Qualifying school.

 

 

What does the future hold for Justin Rose

After running Welshman Jamie Donaldson close in the first event of the year in Dubai, Rose has already set his sights on improving on his fourth position in the world rankings and sustaining a real challenge to the dominance of the big three in world golf, Luke Donald, Tiger Woods and current world number 1, Rory McIlroy.

“The thought of being world number one is on my radar for the first time ever,” Rose stated after he finished second at the recent Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

“It’s there in the distance, it’s a lot of hard work though.

“People don’t realise when you are four or five points behind someone that’s an awful lot of points. There are a lot of variables.”

 

Yet Rose genuinely believes he has the game to flourish in the top five and push on to overtake the trio of golfers in front of him. Where Rose does score well is in his consistency, he rarely misses a cut which is a stark contrast to his first year on tour, and he has the happy knack of also being able to win both in Europe and America.

His stellar performance for Europe at last year’s Ryder Cup competition in defeating Phil Mickelson will also have given him great confidence.

So for the year ahead we expect to see Rose make good on that promise to challenge, to win a few more events in Europe and the United States and perhaps be in with a realistic chance of lifting a Major this year.

That would certainly go a long way towards helping him fulfil his World Number 1 dream.

 

(Pictures courtesy of Justin Rose Facebook Page, Taylor Made Webpage)

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Sandra Vessels June 9, 2013

“Slow an steady wins the race”, Justin Rose has proved it again. His performance has contentiously increasing from starting his career. Now he is at 4th position in the world ranking. It is a appreciable performance. Hope one day he will lead the whole golf world. All the best.

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