British Masters Host Profile - Justin Rose

Justin Rose - 2018 British Masters Host Profile

This October, Justin Rose finishes one of the finest years of his career with a stint as host for the 2018 British Masters golf tournament. The popular Englishman follows in the footsteps of Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood who have each previously organised the event.

Justin Rose comes into the British Masters as 27/4* outright favourite, ahead of his Ryder Cup teammates. Bet UK's online sportsbook has the latest British Masters betting odds, as well as odds for all golf events.

Now into his 20th year since turning professional, the career of Justin Rose has enjoyed a sharp upward trajectory in recent years. The 38-year-old is fresh from featuring on the winning side at the Ryder Cup and hit world number one in the rankings for the first time this summer.

Winning his first major at the 2013 US Open, Rose has since won gold at the Rio Olympics, been awarded an MBE, claimed two runner-up spots at the British Masters and won the 2018 FedEx Cup Playoffs. He can also boast a top-five finish at each of the Majors.

Rose boasts a supreme all-round game and mixes a determined poker face with a steely smile. Born in Johannesburg, the Hampshire-raised son of English parents took up golf at the Tylney Park Golf Club and by the age of 11 he had broken his first 70. Six years later he was thrust into the limelight with a tie-for-fourth place finish at the Open.

From That Shot In ‘98 To Oblivion

The roar which greeted a 17-year-old Justin Rose holing out his third shot at Royal Birkdale in 1998 has been described as the loudest ever heard at a British Open. That birdie at the final hole earned him a T4 finish and the silver medal for leading amateur at the tournament. One day later Rose turned professional.

Much was expected of him but hopes for the “next Nick Faldo” quickly faded as Rose went on to miss his first 21 cuts in a row. With a professional career threatening to fizzle out as quickly as it had begun, it seemed that the electrifying moment at Birkdale would forever hold him hostage.

Unkind write-ups of yet more disappointing tour performances followed, and the Open triumph was the constant stick used to beat the young golfer still learning his trade. Some insisted Rose had acquired the nickname “Just-Invite” because the only way he could get a round was from a sponsor’s invitation on the back of his Birkdale highlight.

His stats were alarming (bottom of the Tour for driving accuracy and for greens hit in regulation in the year after the Open). By the summer of 1999, his winnings had struggled to break $10,000 dollars and Rose had lost his European Tour card. It was perhaps the worst baptism a young player has ever faced in the history of golf.

The Rise And Rise Of Justin Rose

Yet in many ways the toil was the making of him. Rose has always insisted that despite the set-backs, the best way to learn about the pro tour was to play the pro tour, even if it did mean a sequence of depressing finishes early on.

Then something began to click. Spells with David Leadbetter focused on the mental side of the game as well as attempts to coordinate what was then a clunky downswing. In 2001, Rose began the season with consecutive second-place finishes. A top-40 place in the Order of Merit rankings soon followed.

Rose won his first professional event at the 2002 Dunhill Championship and four more wins followed that year, including the British Masters. The event was watched by his delighted father who died a few weeks later from leukaemia.

Perhaps hit hard by his father’s death, Rose embarked on another barren spell before winning his first tournament in four years with the 2006 Australian Masters. A steady rise up the rankings followed and Rose has stayed there ever since.

Justin Rose - The Glory Years

By the end of 2012, Rose had recorded his first World Golf Championship win and enjoyed his best ever performance in a Major with a third-place finish at the US PGA Championship.

At the Ryder Cup in Medinah, the Englishman produced some stunning golf to aid Europe in a historic fightback to lift the trophy. Two years later at Gleneagles he would be the leading point scorer.

Rose won his first major in 2013 with a win at the US Open. His victory would end a 17-year drought for English golfers at the American majors. A gold medal winning performance at the 2016 Olympics was followed by a play-off defeat at the 2017 US Masters.

With nine European Tour events to his name, Rose has won 11 tournaments on the PGA Tour and added a FedEx Playoff victory to his trophy cabinet.

What's Next For Justin Rose?

Many predict that the 38-year-old still has another major or two left within him. Certainly his fearsome mental strength would hint at nothing less. An excellent driver and iron player, Rose has steadily added a consistency to his golf in recent years, most notably with his putting.

20 years after that Open moment, Rose still hasn’t lifted the claret jug which every pundit predicted would be his. When he hit world number one for the first time this year, the courageous story of Justin Rose's career seemed to have reached a climax.

But perhaps it was merely a neat bookmark from where to look back. Still in his thirties, few would bet against him adding further triumphant chapters yet. If you're wondering who to pick for a bet on British Masters golf, backing Rose would be a good choice.

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