10 - 13 April

Justin Rose

Justin Rose: Renowned for his fast starts at Augusta.

Justin Rose: Renowned for his fast starts at Augusta.

Justin Rose likes Augusta, especially on Thursdays.

Fact Box

  • Rose was the first round Masters leader in 2004 (67), 2007 (69) and 2008 (68).
  • Rose has also led the field at some point on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Augusta.
  • Justin has finished inside the top 10 in all four majors at some stage in his career.

In six appearances, the Englishman has led the field after day one on no less than three occasions although he's only managed to turn one of those fast starts into a title bid, that coming in 2007 when he was just one back before double bogeying the 17th hole on Sunday.

Rose has had a rollercoaster career since bursting onto the scene with a share of fourth in The Open as a 17-year-old amateur.

That came way back in 1998, after which he turned professional, only to miss his first 21 cuts in a row.

Four years later Rose truly broke through as a professional, gaining dual victories on the European Tour as well as taking events in South Africa and Japan in a season that looked set to re-launch his career.

However, just when many thought he'd fulfill his undoubted potential, Rose once again fell into the doldrums before switching coaches ahead of a career-year in 2010, when he won twice in the space of a month on the PGA Tour under the tutelage of Sean Foley.

He added another victory in 2011 - the BMW Championship, the third of the four FedEx Cup playoff events - and then, with this year's Masters under a month away, made it four wins in the space of 21 months with a two-shot triumph in the Cadillac Championship.

That victory in Florida suggests Rose will head to Augusta National as a live contender.

Justin's Vital Stats

  • DOB: 30/07/1980
  • Nationality: England
  • Height: 6ft 3