In the last six races Justin Rose has had to give up the weekend. Four missed cuts in the last six tournaments played. In 1998 at the Royal Birkdale he won the Silver Medal at the Open Championship for best amateur. That exceptional performance at the age of 17 caused the R&A secretary of the time, Michael Bonallack, to exclaim at the award ceremony: "The English answer to Tiger Woods!"
Whether it was the pressure of expectation, or just one case, or the lack of maturity, Rose had to fight not shortly after that heroic moment. In his first 21 professional tournaments, many of them by invitation, he always missed the mid-game cut, so much so that the most envious gave him the nickname "Just invited" playing on his name.
A year later, he earned his first European Tour card after finishing 4th at the qualifying school. However, in 2000 he failed to keep it and had to play again in the qualifying school tournament where he finished ninth. In the meantime, something irreparable was happening in his private life.
Following leukemia, his father Ken died in 2002 at the age of only 57.
Justin Rose, history
Justin had not only lost his father, but also a teacher, as well as a caddy. Ken Rose had in fact followed him in his early years and managed to accompany him in the first two laps of the Muirfield Open, despite having a few months to live.
Justin Rose dedicated his first career victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship to his father, who was undergoing chemotherapy: "My father is not very well and is the person to whom I owe the most"
Then he added: “He has invested a lot of time, many hours in my game.
This victory is for him more than anyone else. " At the end of the Us Open he won in 2013 in Merion, it took my breath away to see him looking towards the sky after having pocketed his last putt. It has now been since February 2019 that he hasn't been able to win.
Missed tournaments that saw the former world number one come out, for the first time in ten years, out of the top 50 places in the world order of merit. In one of the latest interviews Justin said: “What I went through was a kind of reset.
I'm 41, time is running out and there is no eternity to achieve certain goals " “I am working hard and I feel very motivated. The challenge is not only on the field, but above all in the process that one faces in order to obtain certain objectives "
This year a signal of recovery seems to have materialized on the field with the 13th dead heat, in the last PGA Championship in Southern Hills, where Rose cannot forget a beautiful gesture of esteem and affection from a colleague in the previous edition of 2007.
. “I remember wearing very thick black socks in that scorching August heat and complaining about how strong my feet were. The next day, Rory Sabbatini, a closet neighbor, showed me 12 pairs of really beautiful thin white socks, Rose recalled.
He who knows if next week at Muirfield Village he will return to the presence of the old Nicklaus with the best score of all ...