20 Things You Didn’t Know About Justin Rose

Check out these 20 things you didn't know about former world number one Justin Rose

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Justin Rose
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20 Things You Didn't Know About Justin Rose

1 Rose was born in Johannesburg in South Africa in 1980.

2 He first broke 70 at the age of 11.

3 He has 11 PGA Tour and 11 DP World Tour Tour victories to go along with an Olympic Gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. He secured his only Major win at the 2013 US Open and picked up the 2018 FedEx Cup too along with its $10 million pay cheque.

4 He burst onto the scene with a tied fourth at the 1998 Open Championship as a 17-year-old, but he then famously missed 21 cuts in a row to start his professional career.

5 At the age of 14 his handicap was +1. He turned pro off of +3 aged 17.

6 Rose has played in five Ryder Cups winning three in 2012, 2014 and 2018, and losing two in 2008 and 2016.

7 He is an avid Chelsea fan.

8 He has graduated from Q-School twice.

9 Justin won the 2007 European Tour Order of Merit.

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Justin Rose back in 1998

10 He grew up playing at Hartley Wintney Golf Club in Hampshire which is the home course of Golf Monthly editor, Michael Harris. He then played most of his junior golf at the nearby North Hants.

11 Rose is married to former international gymnast Kate Phillips. They have two children called Leo and Charlotte.

12 He was awarded an MBE in 2016 for his services to golf.

13 He has homes in Albany in the Bahamas as well as one in the UK and one in Florida.

14 Unbelievably, Rose went an entire year without missing a cut. That stretch lasted from the USPGA Championship in August 2017 until The Northern Trust in August 2018.

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15 His swing coach was Sean Foley for a while, who has previously coached Tiger Woods. Foley also works with Danny Willett. They split in 2020 after Rose said he wanted to oversee his own swing.

16 Rose cites his interests outside of golf as: tennis, football, cars, architecture and movies.

17 He is the fourth Englishman to become world no.1 after Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

18. He is signed with Bonobos apparel.

19 He received an MBE in the 2016 New Years Honours.

20 He is currently 6th in the PGA Tour's all-time career earnings with $60m.

To learn more about the Englishman, check out our posts on his caddie Josh Cassell, or Justin Rose's what's in the bag setup.

Sam Tremlett
E-commerce Editor

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel. 

He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer