British golfer Justin Rose finished 2012 at No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking - his highest position yet - following one of the finest years of his exceptional career so far. The 32-year-old achieved many personal bests last season, and he'll be looking for another new trophy at the Doha Golf Club January 23-26, hoping to capture his first victory at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
In the next instalment of our #CBQMGolf Spotlight series, here's a deep look at some of the facts and figures from the life and career of Justin Rose.
-Rose was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but he moved to England at the age of five.
-At The Open in 1998 at Royal Birkdale G.C., Rose finished fourth as a 17-year-old amateur, winning the Silver Medal awarded to the low amateur each year.
-Rose won in the United States for the first time in 2010 at the Jack Nicklaus Memorial Tournament in Ohio.
-He was a key member of the Team Europe side that triumphed in the "Miracle at Medinah" at the 2012 Ryder Cup by coming from far behind on the final day. Facing off with Phil Mickelson in the Sunday singles, Rose memorably sunk a 35-foot birdie putt on the 17th, which saw him square his match with Lefty before winning it on the 18th.
"To make that putt was one of the best feelings of my life," said Rose, during Team Europe's celebration.
-In 2012, Rose's 69.55 stroke average was the lowest it has been in the last five years.
-Last March, Rose won the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship in Florida, U.S., by 1 stroke over Bubba Watson. Many golf commentators consider it the biggest victory of his career to date.
"I felt very comfortable today," Rose told EuropeanTour.com after the win " I was even kind of checking myself, even on the 18th tee, and there were very few nerves. I was thinking ‘this is not normal really', based upon the past, but I guess it's a good sign of getting more comfortable out there."
-Rose finished third at the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, U.S., his best-ever result in a Major.
-Rose is an advocate of environmentally conscious golf and the official ambassador to STRI's Golf Environment Awards.
-Justin and his wife, Kate, have two young children, Leo and Charlotte.