Justin Rose becomes the 22nd golfer to be ranked best in the world
Hampshire’s Justin Rose has become the World’s number one golfer. The 2016 Olympic champion got the second place finish he needed at the BMW Championship in Philadelphia, finishing level 20 under-par with winner Keegan Bradley.
“We did it, Dad, ”Rose tweeted, in a tribute to his father and mentor, Ken, who died from cancer aged 57 in 2002.
“When you talk about my career, this will be in the first three sentences,” Rose said. “Up there with winning the 2013 US Open and Olympic gold two years ago.”
The 38-year-old claimed his first major title in 2013 when he won the US Open. His consistency is written large on a results sheet bearing 19 top 10s in his past 27 tournaments, including four wins and five top threes.
His on-course earnings tot up to more than £8 million in this staggering period and he has risen to second in the FedEx Cup rankings, with only the Tour Championship to follow next week. He must be eyeing that $10 million bonus on the weekend before the Ryder Cup, but for Rose at the moment, it is all about the milestones.
Twenty years on from embarking on professional life with 21 missed cuts, Rose has become only the 22nd man to reach number one since the rankings were first introduced in 1986. This year alone he has had seven top-six finishes and only one missed cut. Rose turns up week in, week out and delivers. Yet, he remains humble to it all.
He expressed that it is hard to believe that he has joined some of the greatest names in the sport who have topped the rankings.
“They’re all heroes and all great guys,” Rose said.
“They’re people you will always hugely admire and who’ve done great things in this sport. It’s scary company!”
If Rose still holds the number one spot by the time the teams arrive at Le Golf National, he will be wearing a metaphorical target on his back, one that the likes of Johnson and Koepka will relish having in their sights.