Player Profile: Justin Rose
The Olympic Champion enters his fifth Ryder Cup in some of the best form of his life, which took him to World Number One in the Official World Golf Ranking after a runner-up finish at the BMW Championship on the PGA Tour.
Back-to-back wins at the end of 2017 – in the WGC-HSBC Champions and the Turkish Airlines Open – proved the catalyst for his surge back to the very top of the world game, and the 2013 U.S. Open Champion has remained there.
He is now World Number One for the first time in a long and storied career and this achievement has been a central focus to the 2018 campaign, but returning to the team environment which he loves so much with Thomas Bjørn’s European team is sure to reignite a familiar old flame of desire.
Rose can be a frightening prospect for opponents at The Ryder Cup, with his inscrutable poker face, fierce determination and enviable all-round game.
The ten-time European Tour winner has proven a perfect playing partner down the years, forming memorable duos with Ian Poulter (two points out of two matches together in Medinah) and Henrik Stenson (three points from three together at Gleneagles, including one memorable victory over Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar in the Saturday fourballs).
Not only that, he can take down the most formidable of singles opponents in the most pressured of environments – who could forget his turnaround against Phil Mickelson which levelled the match in the Miracle at Medinah in 2012?
He also took down five-time Major winner Mickelson in the 2010 singles matches, but Rose is no giant-killer. For the Englishman is now the giant.
World Ranking: 4
Previous Ryder Cup Appearances: 4
Ryder Cup record (W-L-T): 11-6-2
Worldwide wins: 22
Victories in 2018: 1
Top 10s in 2018: 8
Quote: “It’s always a long wait for the Ryder Cup and then all of a sudden you realise it’s upon us and a lot of our focus now will turn to doing everything we can for our Captain and Team to bring that trophy on European soil. It’s going to be a great Ryder Cup with two very good teams going head-to-head and it feels like it’s going to be a very close battle this year in Paris.”