TOP 30 PLAYERS TO WATCH
No. 19: Justin Rose
The red-hot Englishmen will roll into 2018 with plenty of momentum
December 12, 2017
- December 12, 2017
Justin Rose's world-class victory at HSBC Champions
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
One guy who might have hoped the holiday break didn’t come when it did is Justin Rose.
During the FedExCup Playoffs, he posted top-10 finishes in each of the four tournaments. Then in his first start of the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season, he won the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. He immediately followed that with a win on the European Tour at the Turkish Open, followed by three more top-10 finishes in non-TOUR events.
The Englishman is keen not to be forgotten among the surge of young talent in the world of golf and is ready to show that those in their 30s – Rose is 37 -- should not be forgotten.
It’s easy to forget sometimes that this guy now has eight PGA TOUR wins and five European Tour wins. Oh, and also wins on tours in South Africa, Japan and Australia, not to mention an Olympic gold medal.
While he’s already won this season, the 2016-17 season was one of near-misses as he notched up three runner-up finishes on TOUR as part of eight top-10s.
Most famous was his playoff dual with Sergio Garcia at the Masters and then his impressive FedExCup Playoffs run that read T10, T10, T2 (at the BMW Championship) and T10.
It sent him into the fall with tremendous confidence … and now he’ll roll into 2018 with even more momentum.
In 2018 the sublime ball-striker will have lofty goals. Nothing short of multiple victories and a FedExCup are on the former U.S. Open champions radar.
BY THE NUMBERS
How Justin Rose ranked in Strokes Gained statistics during his last full season on the PGA TOUR.
Current 2017-18 position: 6th
TOUR Championship appearances: 8
Best result: 5th (2011)
INSIGHTS FROM THE INSIDERS
PGATOUR.COM’s Insiders offer their expert views on what to expect from Justin Rose in 2018.
TOUR INSIDER by Cameron Morfit
Rose is still in bloom, and how, with a productive fall. As usual, look for Rose to make a strong run at Augusta National, where he fell to Sergio Garcia in an epic Masters last season, and to lead the European Ryder Cup team in Paris in the fall.
FANTASY INSIDER by Rob Bolton
You're not going to find another athlete more comfortable in his own skin than the 37-year-old Englishman. And rightly so, he's done it all. That includes receiving the MBE after winning the gold medal in the 2016 Olympics. You'll have to cover for occasional spells when his average putting weighs down his world-class ball-striking, but they don't turn into droughts.
EQUIPMENT INSIDER by Jonathan Wall
Rose added a custom low-spin TPT 15LKP-LT-LW shaft to his TaylorMade M1 2017 driver last season. Split P-Series iron setup includes a P790 4-iron and P730 "Rose Proto" blades. The major champion played an integral role in the design of the company's first muscleback in three years. Made a putter change in China, swapping TaylorMade's TP Red Chaska for TP Red Ardmore 2 (double-bend hosel).
STYLE INSIDER by Greg Monteforte
Rose bounced between Ashworth and Adidas over the past few years before becoming the front man for the Three-Stripes brand’s new adiPure line. He debuted the new collection at the 2017 Masters en route to a runner-up finish. Look for Rose to continue to rep the line in 2018, as the luxurious performance fabrics, traditional colors, and classic styles are a perfect fit for him.