In an era of unprecedented English golfing strength, the 31-year-old Rose is often overlooked, possibly because he has spent so much time on the PGA Tour. More likely we have probably got stuck in the trap of seeing him as a slow learner and failed to observe that he's reached the top echelons. He famously started his professional career with 21 consecutive missed cuts, but eventually conquered the European Tour, winning the money list in 2007. He then took some time to win on the PGA Tour but has had four victories in the last 24 months, all of them high quality wins, defeating good fields. The most recent was his first WGC title, the Cadillac Championship in March this year and, more recently, he finished runner-up to Luke Donald in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. He has a curious US Open record - he was fifth on debut in 2003 at Olympic Fields and 10th at Oakmont in 2007, but his other four starts resulted in missed cuts. A straight, high hitter who plays well amongst trees he might be a good fit for the Olympic Club.