It’s been a bit of a roller coaster of a career for Justin Rose – after a terrific showing at the 1998 Open Championship where he holed a dramatic shot from the rough at the 72nd hole to finish in a tie for fourth place, he turned professional the next day. That proved to be an uphill battle as he stuggled early in his career, missing the cut in his first 21 consecutive events. Despite the early struggles, Rose stayed driven and motivated to get better and eventually won his first event in 2002 at the Dunhill Championship in South Africa. He would win three other victories that year, but fought consistency for the next few years.
In 2009, he started working with Sean Foley on his swing and since then, he seems to have developed consistency in his swing as well as the mentality to put together a great final round and win a tournament. He won for the first time on the PGA TOUR and on American soil at the 2010 Memorial Tournament and then the AT&T National later that year. Rose’s game kept improving and at the 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club, it all came together for him as he won his maiden Major Championship by two strokes over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.
Rose became the first Englishman in 43 years to win the US Open and ended a 17 year Major drought for English golfers since Nick Faldo’s 1996 Masters victory. Since then, he’s won several more tournaments and even an Olympic Gold Medal! He is looking to add to his Major Championship titles though, being close this year at The Masters, going to a playoff with his close friend, Sergio Garcia. You can bet that Rose will end up with more than one Major Championship in his career!
In the video above, hear from Justin Rose himself as he narrates his career thus far and the hardships he’s experienced – through it all, he’s stayed driven and committed to becoming better and ultimately, to be the player he is now. Take a look.
Source: TaylorMade Golf