It has taken 14 years for US Open Champion, Justin Rose to mature, but if one judges a professional golfer by his number of major championships, then you missed what the 37 year-old Brit from Johannesburg is all about. I had never been a staunch Justin Rose fan, I remember his 50 yard chip shot at the 1998 Open Championship where he finished tied for fourth place as an amateur, and just thought maybe he was too quick to turn pro(which he did the day after the championship) while he was only 18 years old.
The big problem with Justin’s career, mirrors several golfers who turned pro in that time frame. The Tiger Woods era started about the same time, and with Woods winning 14 of the major championships available during that time,that didn’t leave many for other players to win. . After all, there were only 56 majors played in that time frame, and Tiger won one out of every four.
2013 is turning out to be Justin Rose’s year. His ball-striking capabilities have never been up for debate, but he did suffer around the greens. He has appeared to have plugged that leak, and seems to be at the top of his game this year. I for one, think his success in 2013 is not over yet. [ ref: My Top Five Picks to Win The 2013 FedEx Cup ]
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On the eve of the FedEx Cup playoffs, as they tee it up on Thursday morning at The Barclays, I feel like Justin Rose has as good of a chance as anyone of taking home the FedEx Cup title along with all of the money and prestige that comes with it. We did say that this was Justin Rose’s year.
And the part about never really being a Justin Rose fan….That changed at Merion when he looked at the heavens when he knew he was going to win the 2013 US Open. I became a huge Justin Rose fan.