Justin Rose has won nine times on the PGA Tour, including one major, the 2013 US Open. The 38-yearold is also the Olympic gold medallist from Rio 2016.
Rose became world number last month when he finished second at the BMW Championship where he lost a playoff with American Keegan Bradley in suburban Philadelphia. The disappointment of not winning the tournament was eased by Rose’s rise to the top of the rankings for the first time, where he surpassed American Dustin Johnson. With the runner-up finish, Rose jumped over Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka to claim the top spot in the world. “That’s an amazing achievement, something I’m extraordinarily proud of,” the Englishman said in a greenside interview after becoming the 22nd man to hold the top spot since the rankings began in 1986. “I would love to have got there by winning; delighted to be world number one. It’s (the stuff of) boyhood dreams.” Rose is the fourth Englishman to become world number one after Sir Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to English parents, and moved to England at the age of five where he started to play golf seriously. Rose broke 70 for the first time at the age of 11 and was a plus three handicap by 14.