Made his Major Championship breakthrough at the US Open in 2013, finally fulfilling the potential he had shown as an amateur, when he finished fourth in The Open Championship in 1998. Won by two shots at Merion GC, holding off Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald, and jumped to a career-best third in the Official World Golf Ranking. With his maiden Major secured, Rose continued to perform consistently, sealing his seventh European Tour victory at the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Was in contention to win The Race to Dubai in 2013 after consecutive top five finishes leading up to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, but was pipped to the crown by an in-form Henrik Stenson and had to settle for third place, one lower than in 2012, when he won his first WGC title, the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Also finished second behind Rory McIlroy in the DP World Tour Championship thanks to a course record ten under par 62 in the final round, and won the eight-man Turkish Airlines World Golf Final in October, beating Tiger Woods in the semi-final and Lee Westwood in the final. Arguably his finest moment of that year, however, came at The Ryder Cup, where he secured a vital point against Mickelson in the Sunday Singles as Europe produced a magical comeback. Nervelessly holed an eight-foot putt on the 16th to halve the hole, then sunk a snaking 35-footer to win the 17th en route to a memorable victory. Also defeated Mickelson in the Singles in 2008 on his Ryder Cup debut at Valhalla, and played in the foursomes and fourballs alongside good friend Ian Poulter, with whom he also teamed up for the 2011 Mission Hills World Cup, finishing runners-up. Recorded a sensational victory in the 2007 Volvo Masters at Valderrama, beating Simon Dyson and Søren Kjeldsen in a play-off, to help him finish Number One on the Order of Merit and win the coveted Harry Vardon Trophy. Moved to England from South Africa at the age of five, when he started to play seriously at Hartley Wintney GC near his Hampshire home. First broke 70 aged 11 and was playing off a handicap of plus three at 14. Played in the 1997 Walker Cup at only 17 years and ten days.