Is Justin Rose The Best English Golfer Of The 21st Century?

Rose just keeps adding accolates to his already-decorated career

Justin Rose The Best English Golfer

Rose just keeps adding accolates to his already-decorated career

Is Justin Rose The Best English Golfer Of The 21st Century?

Justin Rose continues to show his class and has now established himself as the finest English golfer of the 21st century and perhaps his generation.

The 38-year-old adds the FedEx Cup trophy to a phenomenal list of achievements that include a US Open trophy, Olympic Gold Medal, two Ryder Cup victories, an Open Silver Medal, the World Number One position, a European Tour Order of Merit, two WGC titles and 22 wins as a pro in total.

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"I think as a kid I would have said I'm a major champion, that was the most important to me," he said after his FedEx Cup triumph.

"The Olympic gold medal has become as important to me just based upon people's reaction to it and how special it's felt.

"Reaching world No. 1, again, in recent weeks has become a third string to my bow if I'm to simplify my career.

Rose winning the 2013 US Open (Getty Images)

"And now FedExCup champion would be right there. I know have a four-string guitar. I'm now a base player.

"Hopefully, I can kind of add a few more strings. Would be nice to end up with a harp. Yeah, this is obviously right up there with everything I've achieved."

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Rose has established himself as Europe's best golfer over the past 18 months, featuring a spell of over 365 days without missing a cut and has 20 top-10 finishes since the start of the 2017 FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Justin Rose wins Olympic Gold

Justin Rose wins Olympic Gold

Since that date, the 27th August 2017, Rose has won the WGC-HSBC Champions, the Turkish Airlines Open, Indonesian Masters and Fort Worth Invitational.

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He wrapped up the FedEx Cup with finishes of 2nd, 2nd and T4th in the final three events.

How does Rose compare to other English golfers in the 21st century?

If you make a case for Rose being England's best player over the past 18 years, you can only really compare him with two players: Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

All three men reached the World Number One position, with Rose's spell lasting two weeks, Westwood's 22 weeks and Donald's 56 weeks.

However, neither Westwood, 45, or Donald, 40, have won a major as of yet, and Rose's 2013 US Open victory plus his Olympic Gold put him clear of the pack.

He is also the only one of the three to lift the FedEx Cup or a WGC title (he has two).

On the other hand, Westwood does have 20 more professional titles than Rose, and has won 23 times on the European Tour to Rose's 11.

Perhaps a more telling stat is, though, that Rose has 11 PGA Tour victories to Westwood's two.

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Donald has more PGA Tour titles than Westwood with five, but has five less pro wins than Rose in total.

Justin is one of just two English major winners this century, with Danny Willett's 2016 Masters triumph and Rose's US Open title at Merion the only two English majors.

Nick Faldo's 1996 Masters win was the most recent English major win before those two. It is safe to say that Rose is the best English player since Faldo.

Faldo won six majors, 41 pro titles and spent 97 weeks as world number one.

Whilst Rose cannot compare to Faldo in terms of achievements, he recently told the European Tour's Life on Tour Podcast that he has the chance to turn a good career into a 'great' one.

He may well get close to Faldo's major tally if he carries on his form for the next five or so year, he certainly has the talent and grit to do so.

The five best English golfers of the 21st century in stats:

Turned pro

Rose - 1998 Westwood - 1993 Donald - 2001 Casey - 2000 Poulter - 1995

Pro wins -

Rose - 22 Westwood - 42 Donald - 17 Casey - 18 Poulter - 17

European Tour titles -

Rose - 11 Westwood - 23 Donald - 7 Casey - 13 Poulter - 12

European Tour earnings -

Rose - €25.6m (6th all-time) Westwood - €35m (2nd) Donald - €17.9 (17th) Casey - €16.2 (21st) Poulter - €24.9m (8th)

PGA Tour titles -

Rose - 9 Westwood - 2 Donald - 5 Casey - 2 Poulter - 3

PGA Tour earnings -

Rose - $49m (6th all-time) Westwood - $19.2m Donald - $36m (20th) Casey - $25.6m Poulter - $22.8m

Majors -

Rose - 1 Westwood - 0 Donald - 0 Casey - 0 Poulter - 0

WGC titles -

Rose - 2 Westwood - 0 Donald - 1 Casey - 0 Poulter - 2

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x