2013 has been Rose's most successful year to date as he ended a 17-year major drought for English golfers and claimed his first Major Championship at the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club by two strokes over Phil Mickleson and Jason Day. The victory also meant that he moved up to world number three in the Official World Golf Rankings, equaling his career high ranking.
Last year, Rose underlined his Ryder Cup credentials by playing a vital role for Team Europe in their comeback at Medinah Golf Club. Needing a victory in his singles match on Sunday against Phil Mickelson, Rose holed putts of 10, 35 and 12 feet on the final three holes to defeat Phil Mickelson 1-up in the singles and complete Europe's domination of the first five matches, which ultimately led to the Europe's biggest comeback in the biennial contest ever.
2011 was also an exceptional year for Rose as he recorded a victory on the PGA Tour at the BMW Championship. He backed this up with ten top 15 finishes both on the European and PGA Tours, which included a 3rd place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and 5th at the Transitions Championships. He rounded 2011 off by coming 2nd in the World Cup in China.
In 2010, Rose was being billed as one of the World's hottest golfers with two victories on the PGA Tour in the space of a 4 week period. His maiden victory in the US came at the famous Jack Nicklaus Memorial tournament and he was close to making it two wins in two events at the Travelers Championship. Following the disappointment of letting a final round lead slip from his grasp, Rose showed his depth in character to go on to secure his 2nd win in the US just a week later at the AT&T National. The exceptional run of events saw him climb back into the World's Top 20 in 2010.
Rose famously announced himself to the golfing world when, as a 17 year old amateur he pitched in at the last hole in the 1998 Open Championship at Royal BirkdaleG.C, a shot that claimed him 4th place along with capturing the imagination of the British public and the rest of the golfing world.
In the 13 years following the dramatic scenes at Birkdale, Justin Rose has proven himself as one of the World's leading golfers, winning the European Tour Order of Merit in 2007 and reaching No.6 in the World in 2008. He was also the best performing rookie of both teams in the 2008 Ryder Cup.