Date of Birth:30th July 1980Country:England

Justin Rose

If it took Justin Rose a little time to find his feet in the professional ranks, the wait was more than worth it. Having turned professional after a sensational fourth place finish as an amateur in the 1998 British Open as a 17-year-old, Rose – born in South Africa, but who moved to England as a five-year-old and had become a plus-three handicapper by the age of 14 – found the transition into the paid game difficult until his breakthrough year in 2002 when he won the dunhill championship in South Africa and the British Masters en route to a ninth place finish on the PGA European Tour money list. In 2007, he finished the season as Europe’s No. 1, winning the season’s finale, the Volvo Masters in Valderrama, to win the Harry Vardon Trophy . . . . has recorded six tour wins worldwide in a career that has netted over €7 million in prize money on the European Tour and over $10 million on the PGA Tour . . . uses TayloreMade PENTA golf balls, all of which are numbered 99.