Justin Rose might very well be the most underrated player of his generation. The English pro has 18 career wins, including a major championship at the 2013 U.S. Open.
Rose celebrates his 35th birthday on July 30th, and there’s no sign of him slowing down anytime soon. The world No. 7 already won on tour once this year at the Zurich Classic, and has two top-10 finishes at this year’s majors.
Here’s a look at the top 10 moments in Rose’s brilliant career.
1. 1998 Open Championship
Just 17-years-old at the time, Rose first came to prominence as an amateur at the 1998 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. He holed a dramatic shot from the rough from about 50 yards for birdie on the 18th hole, to finish in a tie for fourth. He won the silver medal for the low amateur. The following day he turned professional.
2. 2002 Dunhill Championship
Rose broke through for his first professional win at the 2002 Dunhill Championship in South Africa. The win propelled him to three further victories in that year, including the Nashua Masters, a win on the Japanese Golf Tour at the Crowns Tournament, and his second European Tour title at the Victor Chandler British Masters, edging out Ian Poulter in the final round.
3. 2007 Masters Tournament
In just his third appearance at Augusta National, Rose led the field after an opening round 69. He eventually finished three shots behind winner Zach Johnson, good enough for fifth place. The top five finish propelled Rose to No. 26 in the World Golf Rankings, the highest of his career to that point.
4. 2007 Order of Merit
The European Tour’s money list was known as the “Order of Merit” until 2009, when it was replaced by the Race to Dubai. In November of 2007, Rose won the Volvo Masters in a thrilling playoff, which propelled him to his first and only Order of Merit title. Rose finished the year with earnings of 2,944,945(€). The Volvo Masters win was Rose’s last professional win for almost three years.
5. 2010 Memorial Tournament
A final round 66 gave Rose his first professional win on American soil, as he finished three shots ahead of Rickie Fowler at the Memorial Tournament. The good form continued for Rose, as just one month later he won his second career PGA event at the AT&T National. By this time in his career, Rose was consistently in or around the World Top 10.
6. 2012 WGC Cadillac Championship
In 2012, Rose won his first World Golf Championship event at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral Golf Resort & Spa, when he finished one stroke ahead of American Bubba Watson. Rose entered the final round three shots behind Watson, but found himself with a two stroke advantage heading to the par 4 18th. Rose made things interesting after a bogey, but Watson, who was in the group behind Rose, could not capitalize and made par. Rose returned to the World Top 10, at No. 7.
7. 2012 Ryder Cup
Rose played well for the Europeans in a 2008 defeat at Valhalla. His three points were actually second only to Ian Poulter’s four. It wasn’t until 2012 at Medinah that Rose had his first taste of Ryder Cup victory. In one of the most shocking comebacks in Ryder Cup history, Rose won his Sunday singles match over Phil Mickelson. Rose holed putts of 10, 35 and 12 feet on the final three holes to defeat Mickelson 1-up in the singles and completing Europe’s domination of the first five matches.
8. 2013 U.S. Open
On 16 June 2013, Rose finally broke through at a major championship, winning the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club by two strokes over Mickelson and Jason Day. He became the first Englishman in 43 years to win the U.S. Open, and ended a 17 year major drought for English golfers since Nick Faldo’s win at the 1996 Masters. Rose had entered the final round two strokes behind the leader Mickelson, but two late Mickelson bogey’s propelled Rose to the win. Rose climbed to No. 3 in the World Golf Rankings.
9. 2015 Masters Tournament
If not for Jordan Spieth’s record breaking performance, Rose might have captured his first career green jacket. Rose finished in a tie for second with Mickelson, and his 14-under 274 (as well as Mickelson’s) was the lowest score by a runner-up in Masters history. In the third round, Rose birdied five holes on the back nine, including four in a row, to equal the best round of the day with a 67 (−5) and move into second place. Rose shot a final round 70 (-2) on Sunday.
10. 2015 Zurich Classic
Rose birdied the final two holes on Sunday, and shot a 66 at TPC Louisiana for his seventh PGA Tour title at April’s Zurich Classic. He finished at 22-under 266, a record on the course southwest of New Orleans that has hosted the city’s PGA Tour stop 10 times since 2005. The win gave the Englishman at least one win in six straight seasons, the second-longest streak on the tour behind Dustin Johnson’s eight straight.