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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 4 Justin Rose

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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 4: Justin Rose

Born: July 30, 1980, Johannesburg, South Africa | Career PGA Tour Wins: 7 (8 on European Tour) | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 2 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $5,462,677 (6th) | World Ranking: 9

Gary Williams' Take: For a perennial top-10 player in the world, I believe Rose is underrated, although not among his fellow players. His name doesn’t get mentioned enough, in my opinion, especially with the new narrative of a “Big Four” with Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler. Rose was the man of the matches at the 2014 Ryder Cup, and his Tour stats in 2015 were outstanding — third in birdie average, sixth in scoring, ninth in greens in regulation. Plus, he loves big moments. His final two swings at the 2013 U.S. Open were legendary, as was his singles victory over Phil Mickelson at Medinah at the 2012 Ryder Cup. The state of Pennsylvania has been very good to him, and I’m targeting the U.S. Open at Oakmont for his second major title. He is quietly building a Hall of Fame résumé, which is how he operates.

Major Championship Résumé

Starts: 47

Wins: 1

2015 Performance:

     Masters – T2

     U.S. Open – T27

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     British Open – T6

     PGA Championship – 4

Best Career Finishes:

     Masters – T2 (2015)

     U.S. Open - 1 (2013)

     British Open - T4 (1998)

     PGA Championship - T3 (2012)

Top-10 Finishes: 11

Top-25 Finishes: 25

Missed Cuts: 14


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